ATHENS, Ga. -- UGA head football coach Kirby Smart has received a 7-year contract extension and a compensation package worth $49 million, the school announced Thursday.

The contract was approved by UGA's Athletic Association Board of Directors executive committee.

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“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,” said Athletics Director J. Reid Parker.

Smart led the Bulldogs to a 13-2 record last season along with an SEC championship, Rose Bowl title, and appearance in Georgia’s first College Football Playoff national championship game.

“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 head coach -- is beyond anything I ever dreamed. I couldn’t be more excited about where we’re going in the future."