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Blog: Athletic board meeting will address Richt contract, baseball facility improvements

Details of Georgia football coach Mark Richt’s  five-year contract are expected to become public on Thursday at a meeting of the Georgia Athletic Association board of directors at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge in Greensboro.

We already know from the announcement back on March 12 that defensive coordinator Todd Grantham also is getting two years added to his deal to keep him under contract through 2014, but athletic director Greg McGarity said that’s still in the final stages and won’t be revealed at the board meeting.

“I don’t think that has got wrapped up,” he said.

Both Richt and Grantham are expected to get raises to their current deals. Richt makes more than $2.8 million annually. Grantham’s deal is worth $750,000.

The Board also will be asked to approve improvements to Foley Field.

“We’re not going to build a brand new facility,” McGarity said. “We don’t have that necessity at this point. A few upgrades will be discussed tomorrow.”

There has been talk in past board meetings about making some code corrections to the press box and improvements to the right field area known as Kudzu Hill.

The current baseball stadium was built in 1990 around the existing field. As UGA outlined in its master plan three years ago: “The stadium has become outdated over the years. The updates to the stadium have not responded to new facilities at rival institutions, therefore if is no longer near the top of the list of both national and conference baseball facilities. The press box is undersized and the stadium needs to be brought up to current codes.”

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