UGA president predicts extended tenure for football coach Mark Richt

ATHENS – University of Georgia President Michael Adams isn’t generally known for his sense of humor. But he can provide an unexpected “zinger” on a moments notice.

Asked at his monthly cabinet meeting on Thursday about the contract status of head football Mark Richt, Adams said, “If we win Saturday he’ll be back and if we lose we’re going to fire him.”

He was joking, of course.

Richt has 2 ½ years remaining on a contract that pays him close to $3 million annually. There were questions about his long-term future as the Bulldogs’ coach when the team followed last year’s 6-7 record with an 0-2 start this season.

But Georgia has since won 10 games a row and clinched the SEC Eastern Division Championship. The 14th-ranked Bulldogs (10-2, 7-1 SEC) play No. 1-ranked LSU (12-0, 8-0) in the SEC Championship on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Now that he has led the Bulldogs to their fourth SEC Championship game and seventh season of 10 or more wins in 11 seasons as Georgia’s coach, a contract extension for Richt seems imminent and in the very near future. The contact period for recruiting began on this week and UGA administrators aren’t likely to send Richt out on the road with a contract of fewer than four or five years.

Adams said he’s now hearing from fans who want UGA to hurry up and extend Richt as soon as possible.

“I get amused at this sometimes, frankly,” Adams said. “I actually have had suggestions from some of the same people over the last four months that, after the 0-2 start, were asking the AD and me to terminate him, who are now upset that we haven’t renewed the contract.

“So you don’t respond to these things emotionally through the season. You try and get a couple or three weeks away from a season. Give us a little time to review the whole process, but I would be surprised if Mark Richt weren’t the coach here next year. We’ll just wait and see what the AD decides to do.”

Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity, who will ultimately make the call on the matter, maintained his stance Thursday that he would not address Richt’s contract status until after Saturday’s SEC Championship.

381 comments Add your comment

Teddy Novak

December 1st, 2011
5:48 pm

Maybe CMR can use some of his paycheck to pay for a new RB….

Robinwood

December 1st, 2011
5:53 pm

His and CTG’s extensions will go a long way toward landing commitments from the gala attendees.

GSO DAWG

December 1st, 2011
5:57 pm

We need to pay the man. Pay him Urban and Saban money.

UGA

December 1st, 2011
6:01 pm

Why the hell is Adams still president

Matthews Dawg

December 1st, 2011
6:02 pm

Extend him another 5 years minimum! Go Dawgs!!!

Bball Dawg

December 1st, 2011
6:03 pm

Not touching this debate with a 10 foot pole, thanks!

Destin Dawg

December 1st, 2011
6:06 pm

Extend Richt and Grantham… whole staff had done better.. we could be stuck with Crazy Will Muschamp D.C. took down Texas.. and obese Charley Weis fired N.D. worst coach ever.. Go Dawgs beat LSU !

SSIgator

December 1st, 2011
6:12 pm

“He was joking, of course”

Are you sure? After the beatdown from LSU on Saturday night he might not be.

Charlie Hayes

December 1st, 2011
6:12 pm

Atention Greg McGarity….Keith Marshall is the # 1prospect and need for the Dawgs in this recruting class. Mr. Marshall will be making his final college decision on December 6th. Please extend CMR’s contract so Mr. Marshall knows he can commit to a coach that will be in the system for the span of his college career.

If you do not extend CMR’s (and Grantham for that matter) contract ASAP then you are hurting the recruting chances at UGA be prolonging the questions about CMR’s future at UGA.

Also, please tell Michael Adam’s to hold the jokes. He shouldnt make comments like he did in his cabinet meeting whether they are jokes or not.

LakeDawg

December 1st, 2011
6:15 pm

Fire Adams. Extend Richt.

.

December 1st, 2011
6:19 pm

SSIgator — It is obvious that the crap season you have had and UGA being in the championship is really causing you a lot of pain. You and your Gators are at home picking your noses and wishing you were playing for the championship while Georgia IS playing for it — whatever the result.

Oh well, sucks for you. Deal with it.

John

December 1st, 2011
6:28 pm

If they beat LSU, then he certainly deserves one and should be the 3rd highest paid just behind Miles and Saban. The D-coordinator should also get one too.

Idiot Dawg

December 1st, 2011
6:28 pm

Adams already knows what is going to happen. Otherwise he wouldn’t feel free enough to make jokes. And the recruits will come. Not too sure that Marshall is the man we really need. Watched him playing on you-tube and he’s fast. Didn’t see him breaking tackles or cutting back , etc. Hope we are sure about this recruit. Haven’t seen Gurley

UGA Alumnus

December 1st, 2011
6:36 pm

DAWG

December 1st, 2011
6:43 pm

Let me start by saying “GO DAWGS”. Now let’s get down to business and extend Mark Richt and Todd Grantham. ithink we have two of the best coaches in place and will get better.

tony

December 1st, 2011
6:44 pm

If they extend Mr.Richt and Grantham leaves dawg nation will have many sleepless nights.

JB

December 1st, 2011
6:46 pm

Adams has a big Ego……And what must drive him nuts is he probably makes 800K and Richt makes 3 million……… Of course, you’ll never get 90,000 folks at 60.00 a pop show up to see him

trupert

December 1st, 2011
6:47 pm

For those who jumped off the band wagon. How do you like Richt now!

Richt’s team now has the main missing ingredient, a great DC. Get ready for another great ride and an extended period of excellence.

Nice Job Coach Richt, and staff. GATA and beat LSU!

Sharkman

December 1st, 2011
6:47 pm

Fire Adams, extend Richt to 4 years with a pay raise, (BIGGER bonuses for SEC Championships), extend CTG to 5 years, and pay him as much as Richt, and make him C0-Head Coach.

JB

December 1st, 2011
6:49 pm

SSigator is here because it’s lonely in Gatorville. Not a lot of joy. They have become what they ribbed us about…by “telling” us what they are”gonna do.”….LOL

Worm

December 1st, 2011
6:49 pm

Adams is an idiot..Doesn’t he have better things to do than tweet?…It’ll be a GREAT day in Dawgnation when he retires,moves elsewhere or is fired…Hope he’s golfing with Jim Harrick soon!

JayBee

December 1st, 2011
6:49 pm

Better hurry… Penn State might come knocking and rumor has it CMR is interested!

Destin Dawg

December 1st, 2011
6:52 pm

Very Bright future for the Dawgs in SEC East.. Spurrier age 67 looks tired to retire ? Dooley’s huge problems at Tenn… Malzahn to leave Auburn. .. Chizik’s inability will be exposed.. glad fla. has Muschamp ans Weis.. Fla. fans already upset.. Go Dawgs beat LSU !!

Shine

December 1st, 2011
6:57 pm

Fire Adams too!

Shine

December 1st, 2011
6:59 pm

Boot Richt! The Jaguars, Penn State, whoever may want him but enough with the mediocrity and almostes.

bigdawgfan

December 1st, 2011
7:00 pm

Just what we need-the “vote of confidence” jinx from Mikey!!!!!!

Shine

December 1st, 2011
7:01 pm

Urban and Saban have multiple BCS Championships. Richt is overpaid and underqualified.

Cujo Bendi

December 1st, 2011
7:01 pm

GA is going to get SPANKED on Saturday and I can’t wait. Fire Richt. He is such a pansy. Like GA is gonna be able to get a shot at a National title anytime soon.

Dallas Dawg

December 1st, 2011
7:02 pm

Has anyone noticed there are many hundreds of seats for sell on the Dawg side of the field whereas all the tickets on the LSU side are pretty much gone (stubhub)? What does that mean?

Sad day

December 1st, 2011
7:06 pm

if there is more yellow and purple in the GA dome than Red and Black.

MunsonDawg

December 1st, 2011
7:07 pm

Shine, you’re an idiot! When you have the right people at the right place doing the right thing, success happens…..this season is NOT about mediocrity!

WestOfAthens

December 1st, 2011
7:07 pm

Mark Richt deserved the opportunity prior the season began, and he deserves to continue what has evolved in the past 11 years.

If not for the televised media, not naming names, UGA should be in position to play for its third National Championship in the past 11 years. At least when football is played on the field, you can play your way (not vote your way) into the opportunity. UGA has guaranteed itself a shot at the National Championship in 2011, better known as the SEC championship, greatest conference in America
HBTD

kb

December 1st, 2011
7:09 pm

Dallas, it means absolutely nothing since the teams playing in the game get less than 50% of the tickets ,like many people I get tickets every year through the SEC i am a Georgia fan but it just so happens my seats are on the LSU side.

OLD DAWG72

December 1st, 2011
7:09 pm

Let’s hold up on the extended contract and pay raise for a little while. While CMR may be the finest man to ever coach UGA football, he certainly is not Saban caliber. We have the largest offensive line in football, but are unable to give Murray 3 seconds to throw the ball, or push the defensive line for an up the middle for a 3 yard gain. UGA football players have the best talent in the SEC, so why are we not No. 1 in the BCS? The answer is simple. They have not been coached up to their potential. The worst possible comment for any person is “they had so much potential”. Lets look for improvement in CMR in his coaching abilities instead of giving him a raise and long term contract. Go Dawgs.

Saban

December 1st, 2011
7:10 pm

Thank Goodness. I can get all the recruits from Georgia I need. Clarke County Correctional can build a new wing and the trailor parks in Athens will burn to the ground as the Dawgs lose by 50 to LSU and by 35 to Arkansas in a bowl game.

Praise the lord and pass the biscuits. Choakdawg and Richt are here to stay.

bart

December 1st, 2011
7:12 pm

Richt is not even in the same league as Sabin and Miles. I would prefer to wait until next year to see how he does then before we extend his contract. After all, our schedule this year was easy. The two teams we played who were halfway decent beat us. How will he do with a more difficult schedule? Adams need to go!!!

SSIgator

December 1st, 2011
7:13 pm

John -

“If they beat LSU, then he certainly deserves one and should be the 3rd highest paid just behind Miles and Saban”

Right when you think you have seen it all. So, losing to the only two ranked teams currently and being 5th in the BCS standings, with four other SEC teams ahead of UGA puts him in the same class as Miles and Saban? WOW!!! Put down the bong. Crowell is going to need it after Saturday night for medicinal purposes of course.

Sam

December 1st, 2011
7:13 pm

Amazing video of a high school senior from Columbia TN who kicks the ball dead straight 75-80 yards in the air. He was successful on 54 of 54 attempts this season….100%. Now he needs a college team. Wants to go to Georgia!

Watch for yourself…it is unreal!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_JKwgwFY3g

OkieDawg

December 1st, 2011
7:15 pm

@Saban, I’m sure I misread your post, but did you say Georgia would lose by 35 to Arkansas in a bowl game? Please clarify

WestOfAthens

December 1st, 2011
7:15 pm

Old Dog, grumpy are we?

2010: 6-7
2011: 10-2, and still going

I would say, now this is going out on a limb but i would say this coaching staff has, what’s the word?
Coached Up

sldasdf

December 1st, 2011
7:15 pm

Renew his contract when it’s over.

kerryb

December 1st, 2011
7:16 pm

Once again a UGA blog full of trollers and morons.

lnowen

December 1st, 2011
7:19 pm

A large line doesn’t translate necessarily into an athletic line… we’ve learned that this year…. more olay’s than a Spanish bullfight. Also, anybody who thinks we have the best talent in the SEC is misinformed, but we do underachieve with what we do have. You can’t fire a coach who wins as much as CMR. Extend the contract, but no Saban $$$$ until you win the whole enchilada.

GulfShoresDawg

December 1st, 2011
7:20 pm

Let it be written, let it be done…Richt at UGA for quite a long time…the half-a$$ed so-called Dawg fans (and I know most are trolls) recruiting is on us fans too…a loyal fan base helps with recruiting big time, so get on the train and quit being “energy vampires”!

WestOfAthens

December 1st, 2011
7:21 pm

Decisions will be made Saturday, attitudes changed within 24 hours.

I will wait, patiently, and vent then

Too many clueless people here at the moment
HBTD

BobDawg

December 1st, 2011
7:22 pm

OLDDAWG… while the OLine is large.. it is still a “patchwork” job… with guards and tackles playing different positions… too bad Sturdivant could not keep healthy and enjoy the moment this weekend… Listened to J. Newberg on Chuck and Chernoff today and said Richt is poised to “close” strong again on this recruiting class going into the Holiday Season and beyond… We have about 10 slots open and all will be studs like last year…

BG

December 1st, 2011
7:26 pm

Pay the man! He is a proven winner.

Nick Saban

December 1st, 2011
7:30 pm

westlakefootball

December 1st, 2011
7:32 pm

they should wait until next year to see what they do with all that talent this year the talent was young a.f but next year if they dont have a lsu type year then year fire emm

Nick Saban

December 1st, 2011
7:34 pm

Oh… Should have read the article first. From the headline, I thought it was a done deal.

I recommend giving him a five year extension. I figure I’ll be around that long before I retire. Georgia could be a thorn in my side if they ever hired a real HC.