Auburn releases Gus Malzahn’s contract details, assistants to make $3.495 million


Auburn released financial information for Gus Malzahn and his staff yesterday afternoon. Malzahn will make his $2.3 million base salary, as noted by AD Jay Jacobs during Malzahn’s introductory press conference.

Malzahn will make the third least amount of salary compared to the other 13 SEC head coaches. Only Hugh Freeze and Mark Stoops make less.

Malzahn’s compensation is broken down into $500,000 base salary, $900,000 for TV, radio and other appearances and $900,000 for assignment of endorsement rights.

If Auburn were to fire Malzahn without cause before his five-year contract expires, they would owe him a buyout of $500,000, and if Malzahn were to leave for another job, he would have to pay AU $500,000.

Here are some of Malzahn’s performance-related bonuses:

  • $500,000 for winning national championship
  • $100,000 for being named National Coach of the Year by a number of publications
  • $100,000 for being named SEC Coach of the Year
  • $100,000 for finishing season ranked in the top five
  • $100,000 for playing in a BCS bowl game in 2013 or a college football semifinal game beginning in 2014
  • $150,000 for just appearing in the national championship game
  • $100,000 for playing in the SEC Championship Game
  • $150,000 for winning the SEC Championship

You can view Malzahn’s entire contract here.

Auburn’s assistant coaches will make $3.495 million per year, and the full staff will make $5.795 million. Malzahn and his staff will make $1.4 million less than Gene Chizik and staff last season.

Here’s a breakdown per assistant coach:

  • Ellis Johnson, DC: $800,000
  • Rhett Lashlee, OC: $350,000
  • Rodney Garner, AHC/recruiting coordinator/DL: $500,000
  • Dameyune Craig, co-OC/WR: $350,000
  • Charlie Harbison, co-DC/safeties: $425,000
  • Melvin Smith, CBs: $300,000
  • J.B. Grimes, O-line: $270,000
  • Tim Horton, RBs: $250,000
  • Scott Fountain, STs/TEs: $250,000

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