Kirby Smart led the Georgia Bulldogs to their first College Football Playoff since its inception and now he’s getting paid.
On Thursday, the school announced they have locked up their head coach through 2024 and Smart will make roughly $7 million per year.
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) May 3, 2018
According to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach, Kirby’s deal is worth $49 million and is awaiting approval of UGA’s Athletic Association’s executive committee. With the new deal Smart ties Gus Malzahn as the fifth highest paid college football coach – trailing only Urban Meyer, Nick Saban, Jim Harbaugh and Jimbo Fisher.
Georgia’s Kirby Smart will receive a new seven-year, $49 million contract, according to sources familiar with the negotiations. The new deal, which will extend Smart through the 2024 season, is pending approval of the executive committee of the UGA… https://t.co/LbIpyAGBI9
— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) May 3, 2018
$8,000: What Kirby Smart made as defensive backs coach at Valdosta State in 2000 (*Job included helping to build the locker room.)
$19,178: What Kirby Smart will make PER DAY, 18 years later, as Georgia's head coach. pic.twitter.com/4krJghH5AV
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) May 3, 2018
Smart who was a defensive back at Georgia in the late 90’s, arrived in Athens in 2016 after serving as a defensive coordinator under Nick Saban at Alabama. Since returning to his alma mater, the 42-year-old has compiled a 21-7 record.
This past season, Smart led the Bulldogs to 13-1 record en route to an SEC Championship and a Rose Bowl Title – in addition to Georgia’s first College Football Playoff national title game.