Mark Richt, Georgia talk contract

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity and coach Mark Richt have started talks to extend Richt's contract.

Richt released a statement Saturday in which he said he wants to remain at Georgia "as long as Georgia will have me."

Referring to the contract talks which began Friday, he said "It's gratifying to know Georgia wants me."

Richt's job status was in question following a 6-7 finish in 2010. He led Georgia (No. 16 BCS, No. 18 AP) to 10 wins and the Southeastern Conference championship game this season. Georgia will play Michigan State (No. 17 BCS, No. 12 AP) in the Outback Bowl.

He says he has not talked with any other school. His current contract carries through the 2013 season.