Auburn made a move for another SEC West athletics director before it hired John Cohen from Mississippi State, according to a report from Arkansas Business.

Auburn offered the AD job to Hunter Yuracheck of Arkansas and offered him $2 million, but the Razorbacks made moves to keep Yuracheck, who received a raise and contract extension.

University of Arkansas System spokesman Nate Hinkel said Monday that he could not confirm the details of the offer that were provided to Arkansas Business by a knowledgeable source who was granted anonymity. But, Hinkel said in an email, “I am confirming that an offer was made and that as a result, recent negotiations have taken place to retain Athletic Director Hunter Yurachek.”

The details are a new 5-year contract starting on Jan. 1 when Yuracheck’s annual salary will be raised from $1.25 million to $1.5 million with deferred compensation of $250,000 from private funds.