(WALB) - Kirby Smart only needed two seasons to prove his worth to the University of Georgia.
Thursday the UGA Athletic Association approved a 7-year, $49 million extension for the head football coach from Bainbridge.
His compensation is right on par with Auburn's Gus Malzahn as the 5th highest annual salary in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Smart, 42, is fresh off leading his alma mater to its first SEC championship since 2005, and a National Championship appearance.
The (21-7) record his Dawgs have posted through two seasons includes two bowl victories.