Originally created 08/11/01

Harrick, Georgia still apart on contract



ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia and men's basketball coach Jim Harrick are still about $2 million apart in contract negotiations.

Harrick, who is entering his third season with Georgia, was offered a two-year extension April 17 that would increase his financial package from $655,000 to $700,000 per year through 2005. The school later extended that offer another year.

Harrick's attorney, Dennis Coleman of Boston, countered with a six-year contract proposal that would pay Harrick an average of $920,000 per season.

Under that proposal, Harrick would be paid $5.52 million in guaranteed compensation over six years. Georgia's offer would guarantee $3.5 million over five years.

Georgia athletic director Vince Dooley said the executive committee of the school's athletic board in June approved extending the school's offer from four to five years. The new offer also includes incentives that could pay Harrick $225,000 per year if the Bulldogs win both an SEC championship and an NCAA championship.

Harrick led the Bulldogs to a 16-15 record and their first NCAA tournament appearance in four years last season. He has a 26-35 record in two seasons at Georgia and is 429-217 in 21 years overall.