Earlier this week the Georgia Bulldogs rewarded Kirby Smart, who guided the Bulldogs to their first SEC title since 2005 and an appearance in the College Football Playoff National Championship last season, with a new contract.
Kirby has inked a seven-year, $49 million contract with Georgia.
“Kirby has provided an incredible level of energy and excitement to our football program, and we look forward to his leadership for many years to come,” athletic director Greg McGarity said in a statement (h/t ESPN).
Smart guided the Bulldogs to a 13-2 record, which included a 26-23 loss to Alabama in overtime in the CFP National Championship last season, his 2nd with Georgia.
“As a young boy, I grew up in this great state dreaming of being a Bulldog,” Smart said. “To have been able to do that — first as a player, and now as the head football coach — is beyond anything I ever dreamed. I do not take lightly the awesome responsibility of leading this program, and while I’m pleased with where we are as a program, I couldn’t be more excited about where we’re going in the future. You can rest assured that we will continue to work tirelessly to make Georgia football the best it can possibly be.”