Georgia coach Mark Richt gets extension, raise

Georgia coach Mark Richt received a two-year contract extension and an $800,000 raise.
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Georgia coach Mark Richt received a two-year contract extension and an $800,000 raise, the program announced on Wednesday. The deal means Richt is signed through 2019 and will make $4 million annually.

Richt, who turns 55 in February, has coached the Bulldogs since 2001. Over that span, he is 136-48 and has not failed to make a bowl. Georgia finished 2014 with a 10-3 record, including a Belk Bowl win over Louisville.

“We are very pleased with the direction of our program under Mark’s leadership,” Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said in a release. “Mark and his staff are making significant strides in all areas of our program, and we look forward to great things in the years to come.”

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Richt's previous deal was due to expire after the 2017 season.

"I appreciate the confidence that Greg McGarity has in the direction of our football program and how we represent the University of Georgia," Richt said. "Our staff has an outstanding work ethic and we are committed to the development of our student-athletes on and off the field."

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Georgia will open the 2015 season against Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 5.

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