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Richt, UGA Agree To New Eight Year Contract

ATHENS--------University of Georgia head football coach Mark Richt has agreed to a new contract that will keep him in Athens for at least the next eight years.

The new contract will tie Mark Richt to UGA through the 2010 season at a compensation package worth $1.5 million per year.

"Certainly Mark has done a remarkable job in just two years and has made a very positive impression on those at the University, in the community and state, and even nationally," said Bulldog Director of Athletics Vince Dooley. "And while the new contract in many ways is a reward, it is also an expression of the faith and confidence we have in him for the future."

In his two years at UGA, Richt has compiled a 20-5 record including 12-1 this season along with Georgia's first SEC Championship in 20 years. The Bulldogs will play Florida State in the Nokia Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1.

"This was a mutually beneficial agreement between a top-ranked athletics program and a man who has shown great ability as a coach and educator," said UGA President Dr. Michael F. Adams. "Not only has Mark produced a winning football program in a short time, he also has set high standards for academic success and character development. I want Mark and his family to be part of the UGA tradition for many years to come."

According to Dooley, "we have made a strong commitment to him and he has also made a strong commitment to us." In addition, Dooley said the assistant football coaches will also receive raises, the amounts of which will be determined at a later date.

"It's very gratifying and I'm deeply appreciative of the support and confidence of both Coach Dooley and President Adams," said Richt. "As I've said many times, when I first took my first head coaching job I wanted it to be a place my family and I could be happy for a long time. This has been an overwhelming experience these first two years and there's no place I'd rather be. We want to be here as long as Georgia will have us."

Richt was named SEC Coach of the Year by both the SEC Coaches and the Associated Press. He's also a finalist for the Paul "Bear" Bryant College Coach of the Year Award. He was recently named District Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association.

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