Harrick, Georgia still negotiating new contract

The University of Georgia and men's head basketball coach Jim Harrick are still approximately $2 million apart in contract negotiations.

Harrick was offered a two-year extension April 17 that would increase his financial package from $655,000 to $700,000 per year through 2005. The school's athletics board later extended that offer another year (through 2006). 

Georgia athletics director Vince Dooley said the school's new offer also includes incentives that could pay Harrick $225,000 per year if the Bulldogs win both an Southeastern Conference championship and an NCAA championship. 

Harrick's attorney, Dennis Coleman of Boston, countered with a six-year contract proposal that would call for Harrick to be paid an average of $920,000 per season. 

Under terms of that proposal, Harrick would be paid $5.52 million in guaranteed compensation over six years. Georgia's offer would guarantee $3.5 million over five years, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report. 

Harrick has a 26-35 record in two seasons at Georgia and led the Bulldogs to their first NCAA tournament appearance in four years last season. He has a 429-217 in 21 years as a collegiate head coach at Pepperdine, UCLA, Rhode Island and Georgia.

Photo: UGA Sports Communications


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