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Georgia football coach Mark Richt gets extension, raise
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Georgia head coach Mark Richt, center, talks to his players as a Georgia fumble recovery is under review in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Clemson, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Athens, Ga. The play was reversed ruling in favor of Clemson as Georgia went on to win 45-21. - photo by David Goldman

ATHENS — Georgia head football coach Mark Richt received a two-year contract extension and an $800,000 raise from the UGA Athletic Association board on Wednesday.

The board approved a recommendation by athletic director Greg McGarity to extend Richt’s contract by two years, keeping the coach with the Bulldogs through the 2019 season. He will also receive a new annual compensation of $4 million. His previous compensation was $3.2 million annually.

With the raise, Richt goes from being the 12th-highest paid coach in the SEC to fifth-highest.

“We are very pleased with the direction of our program under Mark’s leadership,” McGarity said. “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.”

The Bulldogs (10-3) finished the season ranked No. 9 following their 37-14 victory over Louisville in the Belk Bowl.

“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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