UGA, Mark Richt agree to two-year extension

Athens, Ga. -- While rumors were swirling Georgia head football coach Mark Richt had plans of retiring after the Belk Bowl, he all but squashed them by telling reporters he planned on being back next season. The head coach’s statement was followed by athletic director Greg McGarity telling boosters the athletic association would be working on a contract extension with Richt. Now, both the University of Georgia and Richt have officially put the speculation to rest by announcing a two-year extension with the head coach. McGarity said the school is “very pleased with the direction of [the] program under Mark’s leadership, and [they] look forward to great things in the years to come.” Richt, who will be entering his 15th season with the Bulldogs, will receive an annual salary of $4 million through the year 2019, which ranks him fourth among SEC coaches. Over his tenure with the school, he has been bowl eligible every season and complied a 136-48 (.739) record while winning two SEC Championships and six SEC Eastern Division titles.  

With Richt’s future no longer in jeopardy, he has replaced offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, who departed to become the head coach at Colorado State University, as well as give current staff members promotions, raises, and extensions.   

Richt hired Brian Schottenheimer as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Brian, the son of Marty Schottenheimer, served as the offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams the past three seasons. Before this, he held positions with the New York Jets (offensive coordinator), San Diego Chargers (quarterbacks coach), and Washington Redskins (quarterbacks coach). During his time with these organizations, he coached quarterbacks such as Brett Favre, Drew Brees, Phillip Rivers, and Sam Bradford.

Along with this, Richt announced he has extended defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt’s contract by a year and increased his annual salary by $450,000. Pruitt will now be scheduled to stay in Athens through the 2017 season and make $1.3 million per year.  

Richt also announced running backs coach Bryan McClendon and defensive line coach Tracy Rocker have received promotions. McClendon has been given the title of assistant head coach; he will continue to serve as the running backs coach, as well as the recruiting coordinator. Rocker has been promoted to associate head coach, but he will still hold the title of defensive line coach as well. 

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