Georgia head coach Kirby Smart inks 10-year extension worth $112million

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Six months after leading Georgia to its first National Championship in more than four decades, Kirby Smart agreed to an extension that will make him the richest coach in college football.

Smart has agreed to a 10-year contract that will pay him a record $112.5million through the 2031 season. He’ll make $10.25m this season and will receive raises each year until his salary reaches $12.25m in 2031.

The extension, which had been expected for weeks and was announced on Thursday, comes after Smart led Georgia to its first National Championship since 1980.

"This is home for us, our roots run deep here," Smart said in a statement. "My commitment to this university and our football program is unwavering.

"I'm thankful to president Jere Morehead and (athletic director) Josh Brooks for their continued support of Georgia football. It's an honor being the head football coach at the University of Georgia, and while I'm certainly proud of what we've been able to accomplish, I'm confident the best is yet to come."

The 46-year-old Smart has led the Bulldogs to a 66-15 record and six bowl victories in his six years at Georgia. The Bulldogs have finished first in the SEC East four times with Smart at the helm, and have two appearances in the National Championship game, besting Alabama 33-18 in January after losing to the Crimson Tide 26-23 in overtime following the 2017 season.

''Coach Smart's impact on the University of Georgia extends far past his significant accolades as our head football coach,'' athletic director Josh Brooks said in a statement. ''He and his wife are Bulldogs through and through, and it is evident that Athens and UGA mean as much to him as he means to us.

''I am excited for our football program's continued success under his direction. The future of Georgia football remains bright with coach Smart as its steadfast leader.''

Smart, who played defensive back for Georgia in the 1990s, was set to make $7.1m this season under his old deal which he agreed to in 2018, but he is now one of six college coaches making at least $9m in 2022, joining Alabama's Nick Saban, Ohio State's Ryan Day, LSU's Brian Kelly, Michigan State's Mel Tucker and Texas A&M's Jimbo Fisher.

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