New contract for Mark Richt expected within 2 weeks (UPDATED)

UPDATED WITH COMMENTS FROM COACH MARK RICHT . . .

ATHENS — I’ve been fielding a lot of questions lately about Georgia coach Mark Richt and his contract extension. Or, more specifically, why isn’t it done yet?

There are a lot of conspiracy theorists out there who are convinced the negotiations have become contentious and/or there might be some sort of hangup. I talked to Athletic Director Greg McGarity Thursday morning and he assures me there’s nothing amiss.

“No,” he said emphatically. “I was gone for 10 days. I was out of the country. So it’s just been a timing thing. Mark was gone for a while, too. He’s had some stuff going on. It’s just been a matter of us not being here. It’ll speed up here over the next 10 or 14 days. But there’s nothing to be concerned about.”

Richt reiterated that sentiment during a conference call with reporters Thursday afternoon.

“It’s going to happen in due time,” Richt said. “I don’t have any anxiety about it at all. There’s some different language in there. When you re-write a contract there’s just things in there that everybody’s got to feel comfortable with. So we’re just ironing out all those things. It’s more just crossing your t’s and dotting your i’s type of stuff. Greg and I are together on our discussions and everything’s going extremely well.”

McGarity confirmed that he and Richt have already agreed in principle on a new deal, which is expected to add at least three years on his current contract. That would extend his agreement with the Bulldogs through the 2016 season.

“I’ve always said that he’d be able to tell this freshman class that he’d be here for their time in the program,” McGarity hinted.

McGarity said he and UGA President Michael Adams briefed the athletic board on the negotiations during executive session of the last meeting on Feb. 5.

“There’s nothing new since then,” he said. “We just haven’t had the time to sit down and go over everything point by point. We’ll do that the next seven to 10 days.”

McGarity would not say if the new contract would include a raise. Including longevity bonuses, Richt earns about $3 million annually from Georgia.

“We’re going to be fair to everybody, but I’m not ready to talk about that,” McGarity said.

STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING UPDATE

It has been widely reported on fan websites that Georgia has settled on Sherman Armstrong as one of its strength and conditioning hires. While those reports are premature, McGarity confirmed that the speed specialist from Tampa is a strong candidate.

“Sherman is a candidate; we’ve got a lot of people who are candidates for it,” McGarity said of Armstrong, who currently runs V.A.S.T. Training in Tampa. “I can confirm that he was here last week interviewing. He had a great, great visit here. Everybody was very impressed. So, absolutely, he’s in the hunt. But we have not formally offered a job to anybody right now.”

Georgia has lost three members of its strength and conditioning staff since the end of last season. John Kasay retired, Keith Gray took a job with the Philadelphia Eagles and Thomas Brown accepted a job as a running backs coach at UT-Chattanooga. That leaves the Bulldogs with three full-time staffers — director Joe Tereshiniski and assistants Rex Bradberry and Tony Gilbert.

NCAA rules that go into effect this fall have capped the limit at five for strength and conditioning staffs. So Georgia’s in the market for two full-time hires. It appears now that one of those will used on a speed specialist.

“The bottom line is we brought Sherman in for that purpose, for us to go into that direction,” McGarity said.

Asked what the timeline is on completing the strength and conditioning staff, McGarity said, “A-S-A-P.”

264 comments Add your comment

SMH

February 23rd, 2012
12:52 pm

Yay, more averageness for years to come!

stevedez

February 23rd, 2012
1:01 pm

good to hear

BiggDawgK

February 23rd, 2012
1:02 pm

SMH you would really need to step it up to become average,

stevedez

February 23rd, 2012
1:02 pm

what r u talking about smh

jt

February 23rd, 2012
1:03 pm

You know who’s not average, SMH? You’re mom. She’s way above average.

chc4

February 23rd, 2012
1:03 pm

Averageness?

Seriously?

flo-ri-duh

February 23rd, 2012
1:04 pm

New flash 10 minutes ago::::::::: Saban seen at airport – brief case with “hook ‘em horns” at his side.

george

February 23rd, 2012
1:04 pm

Yay,more average idiotic Richt bashing posts by a below average UGA fan at best!

Dawg Gone It !!!

February 23rd, 2012
1:05 pm

I hope the contract is based own how well he coaches and not how good of a man he is.

flo-ri-duh

February 23rd, 2012
1:07 pm

When asked by reporters at the airport, Saban said ” I’m NOT interested in any possible job opening at Texas in 2013. I love it here at LSU, I mean, Miami, uh, Bummer?”

Dr Don

February 23rd, 2012
1:08 pm

I like the hire. This is clearly a guy on the cutting edge of S/C – meaning functional strength – strength that it useful and is connected to power/speed. I don’t know Joe T’s program/approach but I was concerned when he was hiredthat by being “old school” it wouldn’t take advantage of the many new approaches to conditioning. I like “old school” as far as attitude goes but not necessarily as far as the actual training. This is a definite upgrade and can only make the Dawgs better. A nice complement to the “old school” part of the program.

1eyedJack

February 23rd, 2012
1:14 pm

So flo-ri-duh, what you’re saying is he ain’t waitin’ for the other shoe to drop?

SMH

February 23rd, 2012
1:18 pm

Like I care what keyboard jockeys have to say. News flash too, no one else cares what you think. Get lives and jobs.

Ga/Fl.Stillman dog

February 23rd, 2012
1:19 pm

I live/coach/teach in Tampa this is a MAJOR down grade so average hire is WAAAY Too much credit. Dang McGarity I thought you were brought in to take UGA to the next level. Please are you serious. Spend the money and find TRUE S&C Coordinators yeah I myself is SMH..

GTBob

February 23rd, 2012
1:22 pm

Gotta love UGA. 2-14 against ranked teams, 14-18 against winning teams. That kind of record will actually get you a raise and a contract extension.

stevedez

February 23rd, 2012
1:22 pm

smh your a loser, get off uga blogs, we are on the rise

stevedez

February 23rd, 2012
1:26 pm

gtbob you are pathetic. SEC championship last year, and we run this state nerd

GTBob

February 23rd, 2012
1:29 pm

gtbob you are pathetic. SEC championship last year, and we run this state nerd

One SEC championship game in the last 6 years. Got beat by 32 points in that game. Very impressive.

stevedez

February 23rd, 2012
1:35 pm

i know it is considering the SEC has won the last 5 nc dooche, we actually play football schools in this conference

Chip Towers

February 23rd, 2012
1:39 pm

GTBob: You might want to extrapolate those numbers to include Richt’s entire tenure at Georgia. Those years count, too.

GTBob

February 23rd, 2012
1:40 pm

i know it is considering the SEC has won the last 5 nc dooche, we actually play football schools in this conference

Even so, if UGA cannot compete well enough to win the east at least 20% of the time then does Richt really deserve more money?

Chip Towers

February 23rd, 2012
1:40 pm

SMH: Are you not a “keyboard jockey?” Just wondering

dawgfan

February 23rd, 2012
1:42 pm

@GTBob and don’t forget 10-1 against the techies!

THE Dixie Redcoat Band

February 23rd, 2012
1:42 pm

Can we JUST win the SEC!! Then maybe…maybe…a contract exten$ion…

Nothing Could Be Finer

February 23rd, 2012
1:43 pm

Every head coach has at least 3 years on their contract for recruiting purposes.

Richt’s seat is still toasty warm and he still has the local UHAUL on speed-dial.

Better than the worthless slob that Richt brought from Free Shoes U!

February 23rd, 2012
1:44 pm

Ga/Fl.Stillman dog, what do you know about the SC Coach that those Gators hired who was the head of S & C at IMG Performance Institute south of Tampa?

GTBob

February 23rd, 2012
1:47 pm

GTBob: You might want to extrapolate those numbers to include Richt’s entire tenure at Georgia. Those years count, too.

Not if you are trying consider the current landscape of the SEC. The SEC has improved and UGA hasn’t really come along. Who was the last SEC champion (other then the LSU/Bama debacle) who didn’t win the MNC? With Saban, Miles, Petrino, and the return of Spurrier, Richt isn’t getting any free passes anymore. He is lucky Meyer left.

GTBob

February 23rd, 2012
1:49 pm

@GTBob and don’t forget 10-1 against the techies!

We lose to a lot of teams. It’s not exactly a contract extension bullet point.

Chip's English Prof

February 23rd, 2012
1:49 pm

Thanks for fitnin the typo’s Chipper!

Brian

February 23rd, 2012
1:50 pm

Chip this was a UGA article right? you have to excuse GTBob he is kinda old and gets lost in wrong rooms. Damn mental patients

flo-ri-duh

February 23rd, 2012
1:51 pm

SMH:::: same to you – quit whining.

daddo

February 23rd, 2012
1:51 pm

Isn’t it funny, u Georgia fans are praying that Saban leaves Alabama, while Alabama fans are praying that u keep Richt. All u need to know right there.

flo-ri-duh

February 23rd, 2012
1:54 pm

SMH – I got a job it’s your turn. News Flash Saban is back from his trip to Dallas. Hook ‘em Horns!

Brian

February 23rd, 2012
1:54 pm

Last time I checked we beat Saban once in OT in Tuscaloosa and he beat us by like 17ish at Sanford after leading 31-0 at half. I would say thats 1-1

dawgfan

February 23rd, 2012
1:56 pm

@GTBob so you come on our blog and bash our program to make yourself feel better. pathetic. sorry your football program sucks

flo-ri-duh

February 23rd, 2012
1:56 pm

dubbo: Not praying for Saban to leave -just know his habits. Don’t really want him at Texas – maybe Penn State?

Brian

February 23rd, 2012
1:57 pm

Bob isnt it time for your afternoon nap?

Spokesman for the SEC East

February 23rd, 2012
2:00 pm

daddo

February 23rd, 2012
1:51 pm

Isn’t it funny, u Georgia fans are praying that Saban leaves Alabama, while Alabama fans are praying that u keep Richt. All u need to know right there

So is everyone in the East daddo. Richt backed into an East title last year by hanging on to beat Vandy, beating the worst UF team since 1990 by only 4 points late in the 4th Qtr, barely beating Ole Miss and Missy St, and losing to the Evil Genius. Course we also need to mention losing to Boise who was “loaded” with 1,2 and 3 star recruits. Oh yea did I mention Murray’s debacle against Mich St?

BamaGuy

February 23rd, 2012
2:02 pm

Please Hurry…What is wrong with 10 years?

3-12 Against Ranked Teams

February 23rd, 2012
2:04 pm

@Chip, “You might want to extrapolate those numbers to include Richt’s entire tenure at Georgia. Those years count, too.”

True Chip, but GT Bob’s numbers are the cumulative numbers since the beginning of the ‘06 season….theat represents the past 5 years.

…..have you heard of trends????

KB

February 23rd, 2012
2:04 pm

Bob, If you don’t see that Georgia has improved dramatically since 2010 , you don’t want to see.Last year the only year that Spurrier didn’t lose 5 games since hes been at SC.Richt is 2-2 vs Miles and 2-3 all time vs Saban. 2012 is a pivotal year for Richt..

BamaGuy

February 23rd, 2012
2:05 pm

Brian…Last time I checked we beat Saban once in OT in Tuscaloosa and he beat us by like 17ish at Sanford after leading 31-0 at half. I would say thats 1-1

I would say it is 2-0 for BCS Titles…The only thing that really counts…Last man standing

3-12 Against Ranked Teams

February 23rd, 2012
2:07 pm

what GT Bob and I are trying to say (Geesh, can’t believe I’m agreeing with Northside Dr. nerd), is that while the other SEC teams have progressed…..Richt and his 90’s FSU coaching style has been left by the wayside

….and please folks, don’t talk to me about last year’s 10 win season, we were still 1-4 against ranked teams last year!!!

Brian

February 23rd, 2012
2:07 pm

lol and one of those years you cant even win your own division. interesting

RNB

February 23rd, 2012
2:08 pm

He don’t deserve one in my opinion. It’s about time we hold this coaching staff accountable for the way the program has been performing.
Go get Kirby Smart now

Brian

February 23rd, 2012
2:09 pm

UGA held LSU to negative yards the first half just like bama did. we are not that far behind Bama.

BamaGuy

February 23rd, 2012
2:09 pm

lol and one of those years you cant even win your own division. interesting

And yet WE are still the champions and you my friend won the Least Conference and was promptly blowed out by the team we dominated for all the marbles…Spin it how you want but just call us 2012 BCS & AP National Champions…

Brian

February 23rd, 2012
2:09 pm

UGA just needs to learn to finish

3-12 Against Ranked Teams

February 23rd, 2012
2:11 pm

Agree KB, 2012 is ANOTHER critical year for Richt…..so why give him a guaranteed contract now!!!!

Everything (i.e. schedule) is set up for Richt to return to the Dome for the conf championship game and this time actually WIN it instead of being just happy to be there

If Richt wins it…..then give him the fat, rich contract and I’ll keep by trap shut.

What’s happened to this country….you know, reward for performance….geez what a concept!!!

GTBob

February 23rd, 2012
2:11 pm

Bob, If you don’t see that Georgia has improved dramatically since 2010 , you don’t want to see.

They improved. I wouldn’t say dramatically. In 2010 they lost a few they could have won. In 2011 they won a few that they could have lost. In 2010 they had to deal with Cam Newton, a decent Miss St team, and Arkansas. They dodged all of that in 2011. They played at most 4 good teams and they lost to all 4. Name one quality win for UGA in 2011.