Originally created 08/08/03

UGA notebook



ATHENS, Ga. - Mark Richt says he's happy to be at Georgia, and the Bulldogs are happy to have the reigning Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year.

The contract the two parties agreed to July 1 almost assures they will be together for a long time.

Richt's newest deals call for annual compensation of $1.5 million, which is in line with the country's most highly paid coaches, but also has an enormous buyout clause which would cost any school that hires Richt away $1.5 million per year through 2007 and $800,000 per year through 2010.

For instance, if another school hired Richt this off-season, Georgia would have to be paid $8.4 million.

On the other side, if Georgia fires Richt without just cause - and in this case, losing football games is not considered just cause - it would owe him compensation on the same scale.

"This is where I want to be," Richt said.

D-LINE DRAMA: Ken Veal and Kedric Golston would start on the inside of the defensive line if the season opened today, defensive line coach Rodney Garner said.

However, the projected second team of Ray Gant and Dale Dixson is a little shocking.

"Gant looks really good," Garner said.

On the third team, for now, is the highly regarded Darrius Swain, who has been a disappointment to Garner so far in camp.

"He ain't getting it done," Garner said.

Swain, who said he is down from 325 pounds to 305, knows he's in Garner's doghouse.

"I know what he expects of me, and I've just got to do my job," he said.

TACKLE RETURNS:

  • After missing Wednesday's practice due to heat-related illness, 340-pound offensive tackle Max Jean-Gilles returned to practice Thursday.
  • "He looks strong," Richt said.