Posted December 03, 2013

SEC West title set to earn Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, staff raises

Auburn, Gus Malzahn
Gus Malzahn has quickly rebuilt the Tigers from a winless SEC season in 2012 to a division title.

Auburn went winless in the SEC last fall, but Gus Malzahn has rebuilt the Tigers into division champions. (Butch Dill/AP)

Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs plans to renegotiate the contracts of Tigers coach Gus Malzahn and his staff at season’s end, the Montgomery Advertiser reports.

Malzahn’s current $2.44 million salary ranks 11th among SEC coaches. In his first season at Auburn, he has led the Tigers to an 11-1 record and a berth in next Saturday’s SEC title game against Missouri. Auburn went 3-9 in 2012, including 0-8 in the SEC, before Jacobs hired Malzahn to replace Gene Chizik.

Jacobs said the university is prepared to make Malzahn comfortable:

“The Auburn people, me and the president and the leadership, we’re going to do what’s necessary to make sure that he’s reasonably situated in the SEC in coaches’ salaries,” Jacobs said.

According to the Advertiser, Malzahn earned a $100,000 bonus for reaching 11 wins, and he stands to earn $25,000 for each additional victory. Malzahn also earned $100,000 for reaching the SEC title game, and can make another $50,000 if the Tigers beat Mizzou.

12 comments
Pewky
Pewky

Players at Auburn don't get paid?? Remember Cam? Who was on staff when Cam was playing at Auburn??????

BobRayTalbot
BobRayTalbot

I'll bet they did give him a raise; they're trying to keep the dogs at bay.  But if the right dog comes calling, Malzahn is gone.  He'd be crazy to stay at Auburn just to have that group become psychotic on him in a year or two and find himself at dead meat by the road.

X1
X1

I'm very happy for Malzahn.  He was a great coach in the early 2000s, and he acted with class and restraint when Houston Nutt tried to game him at Arkansas in 2006 (it appears Nutt also encouraged his other Assistant Coaches to do the same thing).  He's been incredibly successful wherever he's been, clearly was a huge factor in Auburn's success when it won the BCS Championship, and now has turned Auburn's program around again in the space of a single year.  Auburn clearly wants to keep him, and is showing him that early on.  What's not to like about this?

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

And in other SEC news..."1 brick at a time" dip sh*t butch at UT DOESN'T get a bonus as he couldn't win SIX games !!!

6marK6
6marK6

Auburn has been getting by with a lot of divine luck this year. They should have lost to Bama, A&M, Georgia and Washington State. Couple that with a thumping by LSU and I think you have a loss waiting to happen on Saturday. 

BirkeyColts
BirkeyColts

It is outrageous that coaches get paid this much while the player only gets a scholarship. I would love to see NCAA student athletes strike. If the coaches get millions then so should the players. If the student athlete has  restrictions on what they can receive than so should the coaches. 

Cool
Cool

And the sad part is that if he wanted to take that bonus check, and treat all his player to big ole victory feast.. he would be breaking NCAA rules.  

Lee3
Lee3

@6marK6 Then again, You Thought we would have had 6 by now and you were WRONG.

mjw149
mjw149

@TheSconnieNation @BirkeyColts No, the scholarships are entirely based on performance, 'student' athletes can be cut at any time, including for health reasons.

They don't get paid anything like their market worth outside of maybe Harvard, Yale and Stanford, whose diplomas and connections actually have enough value to match the (usually modest) talent on those teams.  All the while the football players are getting brain damage that hurts their future earning potential and they don't have time to get a real education, because the only thing keeping them in school is their coach's whim.

Yes, they can be paid and they should.  These should be real sporting clubs on campus run separately (as they already are in fact) with real salaries, not run like indentured servants for fat, rich, old white guys.  The law covers scholarships, which shouldn't be in play here.

The first step is to end the hypocrisy that the NFL and NBA can't draft young players that a club wants to hire.  Also, while we're on the subject, they should end the socialist salary caps.  Do free markets work or not?  Or do they only work when they benefit billionaires and they only need 'help' when they hurt billionaires?

BryanCustard
BryanCustard

@TheSconnieNation Yea I read that rule, it says that the coach can provide the players with ham sandwiches. Its only a violation when the cheese and mayo are involved

mjw149
mjw149

@TheSconnieNation @BryanCustard yeah, because how hard is it to read a thousand pages of rules?  And EVERYONE KNOWS how logical and fair the NCAA rules are!  They're not tilted against the 'students' at all.  No worker's comp, no due process, no guarantee of independent rulings.  They're a model of even-handed justice and efficient rule-making.