Mark Richt agrees to extension

Georgia coach Mark Richt has agreed to a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the Bulldogs through the 2019 season, it was announced Wednesday.

The extension includes an $800,000 raise to $4 million per year and was approved by the UGA Athletics Association.

"We are very pleased with the direction of our program under Mark's leadership," athletic director Greg McGarity said in a statement released by the school. "Mark and his staff are making significant strides in all areas of our program, and we look forward to great things in the years to come."

Richt, who had three years left on a contract that paid him $3.2 million annually and ran through the 2017 season, was the seventh-highest-paid coach in the SEC this season.

He guided the Bulldogs to a 10-3 record and a Belk Bowl victory this past season -- his ninth with 10 wins or more in 14 years at Georgia.

"I appreciate the confidence that Greg McGarity has in the direction of our football program and how we represent the University of Georgia," Richt said in a statement. "Our staff has an outstanding work ethic and we are committed to the development of our student-athletes on and off the field."

The 54-year-old Richt has been among the winningest coaches in college football since 2001. His .739 winning percentage (136-48 record) ranks fourth among active FBS coaches who have coached at least 100 games in FBS conferences, trailing only Ohio State's Urban Meyer (.844), Oklahoma's Bob Stoops (.792) and Alabama's Nick Saban (.746).

Richt is one of five coaches in NCAA Division I history to win 115 games or more in his first 13 seasons, and he has guided the Bulldogs to two SEC championships, five appearances in the SEC championship game and 14 consecutive bowl games.