Richt gets raise

ATHENS - University of Georgia head football coach Mark Richt, who led the Bulldogs to a number two final national ranking in 2007, was awarded a raise Thursday in action approved by the UGA Athletic Association Board of Directors Executive Committee during a called meeting.

The raise improves his annual compensation from $2 million to $2.8 million per year. He currently has six years remaining on the eight-year contract he signed following the 2005 SEC Championship season.

"We're appreciative of the Athletic Board's support for this well-deserved raise," said UGA Director of Athletics Damon Evans. "Coach Richt has 72 wins in his seven seasons at Georgia and is currently the fourth winningest active coach in the country. He's become not only one of the top coaches in college football but also an outstanding member of our University and Athens area communities."

"It's a blessing for me and my family to be at UGA," said Richt. "We've been treated extraordinarily well and look forward to being at Georgia for many years to come. I'm very appreciative of the confidence in our program on the part of the administration and the Athletic Board."

Richt led the 2007 Bulldogs to an 11-2 record and final ranking of number two in the Associated Press poll and number three in the USA Today/Coaches poll. After starting 4-2, Georgia won its final seven games in a row including the 41-10 victory over No. 10 Hawaii in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

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