UGA extends advertisement, plans 2 football practice fields
Might 26, 2023, 05:56 PM ET
ATHENS, Ga.– On the heels of a 2nd straight nationwide football championship, the University of Georgia has actually rewarded athletic director Josh Brooks with a contract extension that connects him to the Bulldogs through at least 2029.
The athletic association board, wrapping up its yearly spring conference Friday at a resort on Lake Oconee, also announced plans for a brand-new track and field facility that will free up area for 2 more football practice fields.Brooks ‘new contract will increase his salary to $1.025 million a year, with yearly raises of $100,000. Editor’s Picks 2 Related The 42-year-old Brooks, who took control of the athletic department in 2021 after Greg McGarity retired, called the Georgia task”a dream for me “and stated he wants to invest the rest of his profession in Athens.” I am extremely grateful,”Brooks said.” I entered into this organization 20-plus years back as a student equipment manager. My first job at Louisiana-Monroe was making $20,000 a year in football operations. “The Georgia board approved a fiscal 2024 budget of $175.2 million, a nearly 8
%boost from the most recent spending plan of $162.2 million and the indication of a thriving program that is flush with money after its success on the gridiron.The school got approval to progress with its initial prepare for a brand-new track
and field facility, which will be developed throughout the street from the complex hosting the soccer and softball teams.The existing track stadium lies nearby to the Butts-Mehre athletic facility, which hosts the practice fields and training centers for the football program.Georgia lost a portion of its outside fields when it developed a brand-new indoor practice facility. After the brand-new track and field stadium is finished, the present space will be converted to 2 full-length, grass football practice fields at the request of coach Kirby Smart.”He wishes to find efficient methods to practice, and there is a great deal of truth to the issues we’ve had with our present practice fields,” Brooks stated. “There is a lot
of strain on our grass centers personnel to keep that field in fantastic shape when half the day it is getting shade, so that has been a difficulty too. For our football program, it is better to practice on lawn fields than (artificial) grass, so to be able to have 2 side-by-side lawn fields is big. It makes for a lot more efficient practice.” The brand-new track and field complex, which will continue to be called Spec Towns Track, will likewise consist of an indoor center, the first of its kind in the state of Georgia.