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Richt, Grantham Pacts Extended At UGA

The University of Georgia has announced today that the contracts of head coach Mark Richt and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham have been extended.  Richt’s deal will be extended three years through the 2016 season.  Financial details of the new pact aren’t yet finalized.

“The extension is a statement that we are excited to have Mark as our coach and that he is excited about being at Georgia in the years to come,” AD Greg McGarity said via press release.

Richt makes $2.81 million per yer under his current deal.

Grantham has been given a two-year extension which takes him through the 2014 season.  Again, the finishing touches have yet to be put on his new financial package.

“I’ve said for many years that I wanted to be at Georgia as long as Georgia wanted me,” Richt said in the release.  “I’m excited about where we are with our program and looking forward to the years ahead.

With a 10-win season in 2011, Richt was able to turn around and walk back down from the gallows that many UGA fans had prepared for him.  But after more than a decade in Athens, the clock is still ticking for Richt.

That’s simply a reality of the current college football culture and the 24-hour media cycle.  Coaches don’t stay in jobs as long as they once did.  Fans tire of them more easily.  And with what fans are coughing up for tickets and parking spots and concessions, they want more bang for their buck.

We applaud Georgia’s extension of Richt’s deal.  He’s the tip-top best ambassador the SEC has, bar none and his track record of success at UGA would make him an instant-hire elsewhere if he ever departed.  But the next time his team loses four or five games in a season, the talk will once again be about letting him go, not about giving him extensions.  That’s just the world we live in today.


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