When Georgia football coach Mark Richt and athletic director Greg McGarity met last week to talk about extending Richt‚Äôs contract they ‚Äúagreed in principle that he wants us and we want him,‚Äù McGarity said.
The exact details of how long to lengthen Richt‚Äôs deal aren‚Äôt nailed down yet.
‚ÄúHow long that is, we‚Äôll work through all that stuff,‚Äù McGarity said this morning. ‚ÄúHe can go tell a recruit in high school, a senior, `I‚Äôm going to be the coach at Georgia during your time here.‚Äô‚Äù
Richt‚Äôs current deal runs through the 2013 season.
For a current high school senior to be ensured he will play his entire career at Georgia¬† under Richt, his deal would need to be extended two or three years depending on if the player redshirted.
McGarity said that he not met with Richt to talk further about the contract extension since their initial meeting last Friday.
‚ÄúThere‚Äôs no urgency to do it right now,‚Äù McGarity said. ‚ÄúWe are in a good place right now and we‚Äôll worry about all the other stuff later.‚Äù
Richt is the 10th highest paid head coach in the nation at about $2.9 million a year, according to a USA Today salary survey, but he‚Äôs the sixth highest paid in the Southeastern Conference.
‚ÄúMy main thing with all of our coaches is to be fair,‚Äù McGarity said. ‚ÄúWhere do they rank among their peers? You don‚Äôt know that right now because there‚Äôs so much change going on. You really don‚Äôt know until February or March where things land. ‚Ä¶I‚Äôve made a commitment to Mark and his staff that we‚Äôre going to be fair. What does fair mean? If you‚Äôre in the top 10 in the country, I‚Äôd say that‚Äôs fair.‚Äù
McGarity has yet to meet with university president Michael Adams to talk about details for a Richt deal.
McGarity and Adams will be in Los Angeles together on Saturday when the men‚Äôs basketball team plays at Southern California. They will be attending a ‚ÄúUGA Day‚Äù with the school‚Äôs alumni association.
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