May 24th, 2019 | by CollegeAD

UGA President Jere Morehead revealed Friday that Georgia football coach Kirby Smart and his wife, Mary Beth, have given a “significant donation” to the university’s Terry College of Business, which resulted in a classroom being named in their honor when the final phase of that school’s construction project is completed this summer. “A very ‘smart’ classroom,” Morehead quipped. Kirby and Mary Beth Smart graduated with finance degrees from the Terry College. Morehead could not say how much money they donated.  “Enough to get a classroom named after them,” said Morehead, who approved Smart’s $7 million annual salary last year. At the Georgia Athletic Association’s end-of-year retreat Friday, the board approved a record budget of $153.89 million for Fiscal Year 2020, which begins July 1. That is an increase of more than $10 million from last year’s budget ($143.32 M). Together with last year’s budget increase of $16 million, Georgia’s budget has grown by $26 million in the last two years. – Chip Towers, ajc – Read More

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