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Georgia makes notable change to Kirby Smart’s contract

Kirby Smart on a headset

Sep 23, 2023; Athens, Georgia, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart reacts against the UAB Blazers in the first half at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Georgia Bulldogs are making a notable change to Kirby Smart’s contract that will re-establish him as the highest-paid coach in the country.

Smart received a two-year contract extension, the school announced Thursday. According to Seth Emerson of The Athletic, the new deal also comes with a $1.75 million raise, and bonuses totaling up to $1.55 million.

Not coincidentally, the contract adjustment pushes Smart past Clemson’s Dabo Swinney on the list of highest-paid coaches. Swinney had been slated to make $11.5 million this season, but Smart will now earn $13 million per year.

Smart had been the highest-paid coach in the country when he signed his previous extension in 2021. However, Swinney and Nick Saban later passed him, though Saban has since retired.

It’s tough to argue that Smart’s new deal isn’t deserved. He is 94-16 since taking over at Georgia and guided the team to back-to-back national titles in 2022 and 2023. There are some who might have concerns about the program’s future, but Smart has proven himself a winner, and they will be among the leading contenders to win a title again in 2024.

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