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)