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Kirby Smart, Georgia Agree on 2-Year Extension

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart
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Georgia coach Kirby Smart, a two-time national championship-winner, has agreed to a two-year extension with the Bulldogs, tying him to the university through 2033. In the same announcement, the Bulldogs extended the contract of athletic director John Brooks. The extension includes a $1.75 million raise, along with up to $1.55 million in potential bonuses.

Just two years ago, after winning the National Championship in 2021, Smart signed a deal worth $112.5 million over 10 years. This deal made him the highest-paid coach in college at that time. With the extension tacked on and the recent success of Georgia football, Smart and the Bulldogs look to be a powerhouse for the next decade.

Kirby Smart's Impact on Georgia Football

Under Smart, Georgia has become one of the most prolific football programs in the country. His success as a coach is not only seen at the collegiate level but also as someone who develops young minds into professional players. During his initial eight seasons, Georgia has boasted 63 NFL Draft picks, making it one of the most successful pipelines among all college programs.

On the field, Smart’s Bulldogs have been nothing short of dominant. Georgia won back-to-back national championships in 2021 and 2022, turning the heads of the entire sport toward Athens. Under Smart, Georgia has a record of 94-16, along with six Southeastern Conference Eastern Division titles and has won the SEC championship twice (2017 and 2022). In the postseason, along with their national championships, Smart is credited with six bowl victories. With this extension, Georgia President Jere Morehead said he sees the value in such a coach.

"Coach Smart's unprecedented success is the definition of excellence for all of college football, and he has excited the Bulldog Nation about what is yet to come after winning two national championships," Morehead said in an university news release.

The University, players, and fans have rallied around coach Smart, and the Bulldogs have no plans on slowing down.

With recent success in mind and an eye toward the future, Smart is excited to be locked in with Georgia.

"I have an immense pride for representing my alma mater and look forward to that relationship continuing for many years to come," Smart said.

After just missing the College Football Playoff last year, the Bulldogs are hungry to get back to the national championship. With the new CFB playoff format taking effect this year, Georgia has a great path to get back to the highest glory.


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