Malzahn, assistants cash in as Auburn makes raises official
Auburn has made details of its coaching staff's new contracts official, with Gus Malzahn and his assistants receiving substantial raises.
Given that Gus Malzahn and his Auburn staff engineered arguably the biggest one-season turnaround in major college football history in 2013, it wasn't a surprise when Malzahn was given a substantial raise in December or that his assistants reportedly got their own set of salary spikes in March.
And so it wasn't a surprise Friday when Auburn made those raises official, announcing -- along with the details of new men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl's $2.2 million per-season contract -- increased new salaries for Malzahn and all nine assistants.
As reported previously, Malzahn has received a two-year extension of his contract that takes it through the 2019 season. His annual salary is increased from $2.3 million to $3.85 million with $250,000 annual raises that would see him paid $5.1 million in 2019.
The other big winner was Malzahn's offensive coordinator and protege Rhett Lashlee, who after reported interest from other schools (such as Arkansas State) received a $250,000 raise, taking his salary from $350,000 to $600,000.
New salaries for other Auburn assistants:
Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson: $800,000 (up from $750,000)
Defensive line coach Rodney Garner: $550,000 (up from $500,000)
Receivers coach Dameyune Craig: $500,000 (up from $350,000)
Safeties coach Charlie Harbison: $475,000 (up from $425,000, reportedly)
Offensive line coach J.B. Grimes: $370,000 (up from $270,000)
Running backs coach Tim Horton: $325,000 (up from $250,000)
Tight ends/special teams coach Scott Fountain: $325,000 (up from $250,000)
Cornerbacks coach Melvin Smith: $325,000 (up from $300,000)
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