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UGA extends Mark Richt's contract
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ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia football coach Mark Richt has received a three-year contract extension from the school, Athletic Director Greg McGarity announced Monday.

Adding to Richt's current contract, the new deal will take the Bulldogs' coach through the 2016 season.

"The extension is a statement that we are excited to have Mark has our coach and that he is excited about being at Georgia in the years to come," McGarity said.

Richt came in for a heavy dose of fan criticism early in the 2011 season when the Bulldogs got off to an 0-2 start following losses to Boise State and the University of South Carolina . Those defeats came on the heels of a subpar 2010 campaign.

But the Dogs ran the table during the rest of the regular season, winning 10 games in a row. That vaulted Georgia into the Southeastern Conference championship game, where they lost to national finalist Louisiana State.

"I've said for many years that I wanted to be at Georgia as long as Georgia wanted me," Richt said. "I'm excited about where we are with our program and looking forward to the years ahead."

Richt is currently being paid $2.81 million a year. Details of his new contract are still being finalized.

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