Candidate for Auburn coaching job signs big extension with his current school
It looks like one name can be taken off the list in the search for Auburn’s next head coach.
Oregon coach Mario Cristobal is receiving a 2-year extension, according to Football Scoop. Cristobal’s extension makes his current contract worth $27.3 million over 6 years and includes a $1.5 million raise in each of the next 3 seasons. Cristobal’s buyout terms will go up by $1 million to $9 million total if he elects to leave Oregon.
Cristobal has amassed a 24-9 record during his time at Oregon.
Meanwhile, it appears Auburn found a “leading candidate” to replace the fired Gus Malzahn. Auburn is zeroing in on current defensive coordinator/interim head coach Kevin Steele, according to The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman.
Steele last served as a head coach at Baylor, where he amassed a 9-36 record from 1999-2002.
Auburn fired Malzahn on Sunday and will have to pay him $21.5 million in buyout money. Malzahn tallied a 68-35 record during his 8 seasons at Auburn.
Auburn has posted a 6-4 record this season and will find out its bowl destination on Sunday.