McGarity opens contract extension talks with Richt; again denies A&M rumors

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity met with football coach Mark Richt on Friday to formally open discussions about a contract extension.

McGarity said further talks will be held, perhaps next week, but that UGA and Richt are in agreement on the central point: “He wants to be our coach. We want him to be our coach.”

McGarity added: “There’s really no need to speed through anything right now because he and I are in a good place.”

Richt has two years left on his existing contract, but his job appeared in peril when the Bulldogs opened this season with back-to-back losses to Boise State and South Carolina. A 10-game winning streak and SEC East championship removed Richt from the much-discussed “hot seat” and all but ensured a contract extension.

The McGarity-Richt meeting came on the morning after rumors and reports surfaced that Texas A&M was targeting Richt for its coaching opening. McGarity said the timing of the meeting was unrelated to that speculation, in which he said he put no credence.

McGarity said Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne had not contacted him and would have done so if he were pursuing Richt.

“You don’t waste your time on [rumors] that have no legs,” said McGarity, who added that he has no doubt Richt will be the Bulldogs’ coach next season and beyond.

“We just know Mark is going to be our ‘ball coach,” McGarity said.

Friday morning’s meeting, held in McGarity’s office, was the athletic director’s first with Richt regarding a contract extension.  The two had planned since last week to meet at some point late this week, McGarity said.

“This is the first time we’ve had a chance to get together and start discussing the process,” McGarity said. “You sit down when things are calm, talk through things on his list, things on your list, soak that information in.

“I need to review certain things with [UGA president Michael Adams] and review some ideas and thoughts I may have now that we have had a discussion, and at some point in time we can get back together. . . . We are moving forward on discussions on the future.”

McGarity would not disclose details such as potential contract parameters.

“We discussed several things, but I’m not ready to say what those things are,” McGarity said.

Richt’s contract, most recently amended in 2008, is a complicated document. Variables to be discussed could include how many years are added to the deal, whether Richt gets a raise from his current income of about $3 million annually and how provisions such as buyouts would be affected.

Richt didn’t publicly address the contract-extension matter or the Texas A&M speculation on Friday. He also didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Richt has said frequently over the years, including as recently as last week, that he wants to complete his coaching career at Georgia.

“It’s too hard emotionally for me to recruit guys and look them in the eye and say, ‘I’m going to be your coach,’ and knowing deep down, maybe, if something better comes along I’m leaving,” Richt said last week. “I just didn’t ever want to operate that way.

“So Georgia’s my home and my family’s home.”

McGarity noted that Richt has a busy schedule this weekend, with many recruits visiting campus.

“I’m sure we’ll meet a couple other times after he gets through this weekend and things settle down,” McGarity said.

McGarity said Texas A&M was not mentioned in his meeting with Richt on Friday or in his trip to Tampa with Richt on Thursday for an Outback Bowl contract-signing party.

“I didn’t even ask,” McGarity said.”He’d tell me [if anything were going on]. . . . Nothing came up other than Georgia.”

Richt, Georgia’s coach since 2001, has a 106-37 record with the Bulldogs. His team reached the SEC Championship game this season for the fourth time, the first time since 2005.

The Bulldogs’ 10-3 record this year followed their two worst seasons under Richt, 8-5 in 2009 and 6-7 in 2010.

McGarity said discussions about possible changes in the contracts of Richt’s assistant coaches will come later.

— Tim Tucker

685 comments Add your comment

lamar

December 9th, 2011
12:33 pm

My first first?

some sense

December 9th, 2011
12:34 pm

Think the name “Crowell” came up in this conversation?

lamar

December 9th, 2011
12:35 pm

Hope we lock CMR up for a while. He can get us a national championship and will do it competing against UGA’s biggest detractor, ESPN, specifically Mark May.

1970 Dawg

December 9th, 2011
12:36 pm

This BS starts every year around peak recruiting season. If it isn’t the dreaded “hot seat”, it’s a move to some other school. I’m not sure who starts these dumb rumors. BTW, I heard that Saban was going to Texas. lol

Typical of UGA inferiority complex

December 9th, 2011
12:39 pm

lamar

December 9th, 2011
12:35 pm
Hope we lock CMR up for a while. He can get us a national championship and will do it competing against UGA’s biggest detractor, ESPN, specifically Mark May.

Jerry Jones

December 9th, 2011
12:40 pm

1970 Dawg, you are partially right; The Dallas Cowboys.

1970 Dawg

December 9th, 2011
12:42 pm

I also heard that the Gators are bringing back Ron Zook as OC to replace Charlie Weiss who saw the handwriting on the wall. Muschamps pants have apparently caught on fire. lol again.

1970 Dawg

December 9th, 2011
12:44 pm

Jerry Jones, Are you sure you want Saban back in the NFL after his Dolphin disaster?

DublinDawg

December 9th, 2011
12:45 pm

1970 Dawg, I hope Florida brings Zook on as OC because he has never coached offense before.

Steve Spurrier

December 9th, 2011
12:47 pm

“We just know Mark is going to be our ‘ball coach,” McGarity said.

Where did he get that from? I coined that fraise.

Steve Spurrier

December 9th, 2011
12:48 pm

1970 Dawg the Zooker would be better than Bobo the clown.

Billy Graham

December 9th, 2011
12:49 pm

I hope he gets a substantial raise and sends part of his tithe to my organization.

wait till next year

December 9th, 2011
12:50 pm

Ohhh, wait till next year, we will be really good next year. Rocht will have us i NC next year. Ten years, no titles, no title games…I’m tired of waiting, time to move on

Captain

December 9th, 2011
12:52 pm

Rumors are flying in Texas about Saban. Texas is looking to unload Mack Brown and bring in Saban. Certainly the Longhorns have the money, their arrogance is an ideal match for the smugness of Saban. Jerry Jones is beside himself with his spectacular Billion Dollar Mansion built to house Champions, and the inability to win games. Saban has connections with some of the Cowboy brass, one of whose son was Saban’s QB for 3 yrs, and is eager to prove the Dolphins fiasco wasn’t his fault but rather a case of poor ownership, the same franchise that even Bill Parcells couldn’t turn around.

A&M is interviewing Kirby Smart who has the backing of former Ala HC and A&M alum and trustees member Gene Stallings.

JB

December 9th, 2011
12:52 pm

I’m hoping that McGarity, who can see some problems with our program without the emotional hangups Richt has, can have some give and take with Mark about some changes that need to be made for the betterment of the program, starting with making Bobo recruiting Cord and hiring a million dollar a year ” best available” new OC and letting the guy have some input. Our offense is stale and predictable and needs a shot of “newness”. Make the DC’s we play EARN their money.

True Dawg Fan

December 9th, 2011
12:52 pm

Typical of UGA inferiority complex

December 9th, 2011
12:39 pm
lamar

December 9th, 2011
12:35 pm
Hope we lock CMR up for a while. He can get us a national championship and will do it competing against UGA’s biggest detractor, ESPN, specifically Mark May.

Anyone who doesnt think ESPN hates UGA and has it out for us, then maybe you should see what they said in 07 vs now about playing in title game without even winning oyur own division or conference.

But ur prob the type thats too stupid and lazy to do so. O well keep being uninformed and spouting off at the fingers, it gives us a good laugh when someone looks as dumb as you!

McGarity

December 9th, 2011
12:53 pm

Ok, Mark. Why don’t you take a seat. Good season. We want you to be our ‘ball coach. However, you will be stripped of your power to make choices regarding uniforms. No, no, no, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. No! I don’t care if you’ve been talking to Nike about something that kinda looks like a football uniform and kinda like Voltron. I know it sounds cool… but no. A no is a no.

True Dawg Fan

December 9th, 2011
12:53 pm

wait till next year

December 9th, 2011
12:50 pm
Ohhh, wait till next year, we will be really good next year. Rocht will have us i NC next year. Ten years, no titles, no title games…I’m tired of waiting, time to move on

then move along we dont need fringe fair weather fans like you. GO AWAY

JB

December 9th, 2011
12:54 pm

LMAO off if Bama lost Saban and Kirby in the same week…..I hear Ron Zook is looking…LOL

UGA Alumnus

December 9th, 2011
12:54 pm

Tim

December 9th, 2011
12:55 pm

Gator fans hope Richt (3 wins and 9 loses) signs a long contract

True Dawg Fan

December 9th, 2011
12:58 pm

Tim

December 9th, 2011
12:55 pm
Gator fans hope Richt (3 wins and 9 loses) signs a long contract

Gators will be down for 3-4 years, so by the time your even good again the record will be more like 7-9 so…………

Florida Dawg

December 9th, 2011
12:58 pm

Wait till next year… 4 SEC East Titles, 2 SEC Titles/Championships. No national championships, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen. If you have issues with patience, you could always be a Tech fan.

GO DAWGS!

TampaDawg

December 9th, 2011
12:58 pm

wait till next year

December 9th, 2011
12:50 pm

Ohhh, wait till next year, we will be really good next year. Rocht will have us i NC next year. Ten years, no titles, no title games…I’m tired of waiting, time to move on
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Were you (maybe you were since you may be a techie) uttering that crap the last 21 years before CMR came on board? When we couldn’t consider being in an SEC title game, much less win one, when we couldn’t win 10 games much less be ranked, when we thought we were doing great in recruiting only to get schooled time and again, where you blowing that steam back then?

Typical of UGA inferiority complex

December 9th, 2011
1:00 pm

True Dawg Fan I forgot to add that the ref’s, Lou Holtz, Steve Spurrier and everyone outside the state hate you too.

Dude no one hates UGA, because they are IRRELEVENT!!

Uncle Hershel

December 9th, 2011
1:01 pm

Typical of UGA inferiority complex, of course they are irrelevent; have been and always will be except for when I played there.

NCDawgs Fan

December 9th, 2011
1:02 pm

Despite the constant rantings of the “vocal minority” I believe the vast majority of UGA supporters also support Richt. We cannot ask for a more quality individual to lead the program. I hope Uncle Vince was right earlier this season when he said that he expects Richt to be Georgia’s coach for a long time to come.

DoggyDog

December 9th, 2011
1:02 pm

what a waste!! I have been hearing the same crap for years Next Year Next Year In a few Years!! If you gave Ricth a 20 year contract he couldn’t win a NC they can’t beat anyone but down teams or teams that are from a lower division. They have had years of top 3 or 4 recuriting classes and proceeded to coach them down and loooooooooooooooooooooosssseee… A bunch of 10 win seasons means nothing if you can’t beat the teams you need to beat to win championships… More Years of Mediocrity straight ahead… Some of the reaaaalllllll dog fans are satisfied with this though so looks like we are stuck with Yogi and BUBU for a long time to come….

True Dawg Fan

December 9th, 2011
1:03 pm

Typical of UGA inferiority complex

December 9th, 2011
1:00 pm
True Dawg Fan I forgot to add that the ref’s, Lou Holtz, Steve Spurrier and everyone outside the state hate you too.

Dude no one hates UGA, because they are IRRELEVENT!!

Irrelevant???????????? that would be your yellow jackets nerd. Come back when you win more than one in a decade moron.

mcdavidawg

December 9th, 2011
1:04 pm

UGA needs to be very careful, as soon as Richt gets a new contract he’ll likely go back to doing nothing. The man’s a loser. An extension will cost the program a lot of money when he’ll still need to be fired. This year was not the sign of a turn around. Give us a difficult schedule and it might prove something.

Dap01

December 9th, 2011
1:04 pm

I am proud that we have CMR. He would never accept a “purchased QB who is a fellon”, or he would never over sign every year. He is a great coach who has tremendous character.

That is rare in the SEC.

True Dawg Fan

December 9th, 2011
1:04 pm

Uncle Hershel

December 9th, 2011
1:01 pm
Typical of UGA inferiority complex, of course they are irrelevent; have been and always will be except for when I played there.

Thats the dumbest thing I have ever seen on here. Might wanna go back and check the past 10- 15 years idiot

Dap01

December 9th, 2011
1:05 pm

If UGA was not relevant, why does Tech nerds troll every article?

True Dawg Fan

December 9th, 2011
1:05 pm

mcdavidawg

December 9th, 2011
1:04 pm
UGA needs to be very careful, as soon as Richt gets a new contract he’ll likely go back to doing nothing. The man’s a loser. An extension will cost the program a lot of money when he’ll still need to be fired. This year was not the sign of a turn around. Give us a difficult schedule and it might prove something.

Fringe fan, no one cares what you people think. Go cheer for another team. WE DONT NEED YOU

Dap01

December 9th, 2011
1:07 pm

Saban would be a good fit in Dallas.

NCDawgs Fan

December 9th, 2011
1:07 pm

mcdavid obviously does not spend much time observing the kind of work Richt does. I don’t think anyone who works with him or around him would tell you he does “nothing” or label him a “loser”. Grow up! Free speech does not always mean you should speak freely! This man has done more for the UGA program than nearly any other coach they have had, aside from Vince.

Draggin' Fly

December 9th, 2011
1:07 pm

Techies: it’s irrelevAnt, not irrelevEnt. If there’s one word they should teach you how to spell at Tech, it’s that one.

GoGator

December 9th, 2011
1:09 pm

Well on behalf of Gators I am really glad to here that a good man like Ricth is gonna b at UGA for a while. The Gators will be back on top of the SEC in another year or so and that means more fun in Jacksonville for years to come, since Georgia is going to be a perpetual weak team. I’m sure the rest of the SEC is happy about this news too GoGators!!!!

Jiggy Smaha

December 9th, 2011
1:09 pm

You trolls are pathetic……It took Coach Dooley 16 years….and a running back named Herschel–to win a MNC—Richt is a credit to our university and we should be proud to have him. I’m glad we won’t sell our soul like Auburn did with their paid rent-a-thyugs last year. Georgia’s program has been as solid over the past ten years as any ten year period in the school’s history–save those 3 remarkable Herschel years….let us rejoice and be glad in it.

NCDawgs Fan

December 9th, 2011
1:10 pm

I would bet that when Richt negotiates his contract with McG that it includes increases for the assistants more than for himself!

Amen Jiggy!

Shine

December 9th, 2011
1:11 pm

Let him go…push him out…whatever it takes to end the MEDIOCRITY!! He’s perfect for A$M, another college that sucks in sports. Get us a winner for head coach or take Ga brand off the Bulldog name so the rest of us dont have to be associated and embarassed with mediocrity.

FLA DAWG

December 9th, 2011
1:11 pm

We played three teams of any quality this season and as badly as Garcia tried to give us a win we were too inept to take it. We lost all three games. Our wins came against some of the worst teams around.

Let’s wait to see how The Dawgs fare against MSU before extending Richt’s contract.

The guy (and Bobo) have proven NOTHING on the field this season.

How many wins or losses will we have next season with Richt back?

Mr. Dawg

December 9th, 2011
1:13 pm

It’s refreshing to finally get confirmation that the voices of those who criticize Richt carry no weight Nor should they as those people know zilch. I for one congratulate Richt on his career thus far and thank him for remaining loyal to the real Bulldog fans.

Nom Nom Nom Chucks Taylor, or Norris if he is avaliable

December 9th, 2011
1:13 pm

Will Richt’s wife resign as water girl? I heard Leach is trying to talk her into the Pacific Northwest.

The trees are really lovely.

AltamahaDawg

December 9th, 2011
1:14 pm

Actually JB, the offense just undertook a major retooling this past offsesaon. Probably the biggest changes in Richt’s days here.

DawginLex

December 9th, 2011
1:16 pm

Florida’s next OC?

Kerwin Bell head coach at Jacksonville, former Gator QB

Nothing to fear.

I agree about an extension for richt but i wonder about a new OC for UGA?

Bobo, God love him is a DGD but I am wondering about McGarity’s thought concerning his ability to get us to the next level.

Could be a source of interesting discussion if brought up because Richt is loyal to Bobo.

Just my opinion. Nothing ever mentioned that I have read.

Smokewagon

December 9th, 2011
1:18 pm

Fellow Dawg fans- Please do not mistake the GT posters on this blog for GT grads. Most GT grads have much more important things to do during the day than post garbage on a blog. The GT posters on this blog were probably beaten up in high school by a UGA fan and immediately went to Wal Mart and purchased a GT hat in retaliation.

TampaDawg

December 9th, 2011
1:18 pm

mcdavidawg

December 9th, 2011
1:04 pm

UGA needs to be very careful, as soon as Richt gets a new contract he’ll likely go back to doing nothing. The man’s a loser. An extension will cost the program a lot of money when he’ll still need to be fired. This year was not the sign of a turn around. Give us a difficult schedule and it might prove something.
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You have got to be kidding!!! First off, calling CMR a loser is about the stupidest thing ever. Only a tech fan would say something that stupid. You prove that you know oh so little about CFB so either go back to your tech blog or go pull for another team other than UGA. 15 years prior to CMR getting here, UGA wasn’t even a factor in recruiting or an SEC championship. The last 10 years, they have been. So take a hike you LOSER.

RD

December 9th, 2011
1:18 pm

Mediocrity, thy name is UGA. Why do you need to provide another contract? Simply add another year at the same pay and go from there. Then, the recruits will be satisfied that the contract was extended and the mediocrity will continue for another year. We need more fire in our bellies to compete in today’s SEC!! Not mediocrity.

more hate

December 9th, 2011
1:19 pm

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