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Malzahn, assistants cash in as Auburn makes raises official

By Jerry Hinnen | Staff Writer

Gus Malzahn will make $3.85 million for coaching the 2014 season. (USATSI)
Gus Malzahn will make $3.85 million for coaching the 2014 season. (USATSI)

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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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