Georgia close to finalizing long-term contract extension for soccer coach Kirby Smart

Georgia is close to ending a long-term contract extension with soccer coach Kirby Smart, which would make him among the highest-paid coaches on FBS.

Last season, Smart led the Bulldogs to their first national title in 41 years with a 33-18 victory over Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship.

Athletic director Josh Brooks discussed Smart’s new contract with the UGA Board of Athletics at a meeting Thursday, although no action was taken. Details of the new deal were not disclosed.

Smart’s agent, Jimmy Sexton of Creative Artists Agency, could not be reached for comment.

“It just goes through the process and it takes your time,” Brooks said in a statement Thursday. ‚ÄúThis is an important contract for [Smart] And for us, these are just all the little details. It’s typical stuff, nothing out of the ordinary. We worked closely with his agent, and it was a great process.”

Smart, 46, agreed to a seven-year, $49 million extension in May 2018, nearly doubling his compensation from his original contract. His current average annual wage of $7 million ranks sixth in the SEC, behind Alabama’s Nick Saban ($10.6 million), LSU’s Brian Kelly ($9.5 million), Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher ($9 million), and Olly. Miss Lynn Kevin ($7.25 million) and Billy Napier from Florida ($7.1 million).

Apparently, the SMART rating is about to change.

“I think what we said is accurate,” UGA President Jerry Moorhead told reporters Thursday. “It will be commensurate with what you would expect in compensation for the National Championship coach, but we are close to finalizing that arrangement. I don’t think anyone would be surprised.”

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Smart, the Bulldogs’ former defensive back, led his teams to a record 66-15 in six seasons. His teams have reached CFP twice and have played in five consecutive CFP games or six New Year’s Ball games. During his tenure, Georgia won four SEC East titles and one SEC Championship, in 2017.

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