Georgia's McGarity plans extension for Richt
ATLANTA (AP) Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt received a raise and contract extension on Friday, and athletic director Greg McGarity said he's working on a contract extension for football coach Mark Richt.
Pruitt received a raise from $850,000 to $1.3 million following his first season at Georgia. With a year added to his contract, his deal runs through the 2017 season.
''Our defense has performed overall at a very high level this season and much of it is due to Jeremy's leadership,'' Richt said. ''It's important that we solidify his tenure at Georgia and continue to build our defense in all areas including recruiting, coaching and player development.''
Richt's No. 13 Bulldogs finished the 2014 season with a 10-3 record, including a 37-14 victory over No. 20 Louisville in the Belk Bowl on Tuesday night. Richt, 54, has three years remaining on a deal that paid him about $3.2 million this season.
Several media outlets reported excerpts from a letter McGarity wrote to donors. He said in the letter he'll be working on an extension for Richt ''over the coming days.''
McGarity also wrote about plans for an indoor practice facility and enhancements to Sanford Stadium.
Richt is 136-48 in 14 seasons. Following the bowl win, he denied rumors he plans to retire.