(UPDATE: The AJC’s Chip Towers is reporting that Mark Richt “is not receiving merely a contract extension, but a whole new deal.“)
Chip Towers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that the University of Georgia has agreed to a contract extension with both Georgia football head coach Mark Richt, as well as defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. Both men had banner years in 2011, guiding Georgia to its first ten win season since 2008. Mark Richt’s new deal extends his current longest running SEC head coach tenure until at least 2016. Hopefully Todd Grantham will stay between the hedges for the duration of his extended deal, which expires in 2014.
This news is cause for celebration in Bulldog Nation. Todd Grantham’s defense was one of the best in the country this past season and it could get even better if certain players would learn to stay out of trouble. Both Sanders Commings and Branden Smith have had good careers on the field at Georgia. Now, they must show that they can be productive members of the community off the football field, and earn back their silver britches so they can finish their respective careers at Georgia on a high note.
Five seasons is an eternity in today’s college football landscape. Mark Richt has gone from hot seat to hot streak in the past two years alone. With questions surrounding Mike Bobo’s ability to be an effective play caller in big games one has to wonder what, if anything, was said about Georgia’s offense during negotiations between Mark Richt and Greg McGarity. It is admirable to have faith in your coordinators when you are winning. However, loyalty is often seen as foolish when it does not translate to success on the field. Here’s hoping that McGarity encouraged Richt to play a bigger role in offensive game planning, and that the idea of a special teams coach came up at some point.
The time is now for the Georgia Bulldogs to compete for a national title. The SEC has ruled college football for the last six years, but the Bulldogs have not won a national title since Herschel Walker’s playing days. Mark Richt came to Athens hot off of his success as Florida State’s offensive guru under Bobby Bowden. Coach Richt has had a lot of success in Athens, but in order for his legacy to stand the test of time he must lead Bulldog Nation to a national championship.
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