Posted December 06, 2013

Auburn announces six-year, $26.85 million extension for Gus Malzahn

Auburn Tigers, Gus Malzahn
Gus Malzahn's Auburn team has only one loss. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Gus Malzahn has turned the Tigers around, going 11-1 this season and beating Alabama. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Funny what happens when someone mentions the word “dream job” and another school in the same breath the week of a conference championship. Just a day before Auburn takes on Missouri in the SEC title game, athletic director Jay Jacobs announced a six-year extension for coach Gus Malzahn.

The new contract makes Malzahn’s base salary $3.85 million next year, with it escalating by $250,000 each year until the final year in 2019 in which he’ll be making $5.1 million. The former Auburn assistant and Arkansas State head coach was hired Dec. 4, 2012. Former coach Gene Chizik was fired after a 3-9 season, and Malzahn turned the Tigers around, going 11-1 in the regular season, including the miracle 34-28 Iron Bowl finish Nov. 30.

From the school’s official release:

“As I’ve said before, we want Coach Malzahn to be at Auburn for a long time,” Jacobs said. “The new contract includes a raise and extension and is our statement that Auburn is committed to Coach Malzahn for the long haul. While this season has been remarkable, I’m equally excited about the future of our program under his leadership. The future of Auburn football is very bright.”

Earlier this week, SI.com’s Pete Thamel reported Malzahn should jump if Texas came calling, writing:

There’s an expectation that the Texas job will open in the next few weeks. According to a source, Malzahn has told friends privately that coaching the Longhorns is his dream job. If confronted with the choice between Auburn and Austin, it’s a no-brainer move for Malzahn to bolt. The best job in the Big 12 is a much more stable place than The Plains, as even a play-caller of Malzahn’s acumen isn’t likely to make adjustments to historical trends.

The commitment Jacobs is showing to Malzahn should go far in the Auburn coach’s mind. And with Alabama’s Nick Saban likely receiving another extension of his own, there’s the chance for more memorable Iron Bowl finishes for years to come.

7 comments
shoelessjoe
shoelessjoe

With Gus off the table, will Texas go after Saban ?

shoelessjoe
shoelessjoe

I just wonder if Gus is going to give Thamel a nice Xmas present for his help getting that quick response & $26 million deal he got.

Lohikaarme
Lohikaarme

He still might demand a bigger statue than the one Saban got at Tuscaloosa.

Brianofcleveland
Brianofcleveland

But...but...Pete Thamel said Texas was his dream job. It's a shame that Sports Illustrated hires hacks like Thamel these days. The magazine used to be a credible magazine, but "journalists" such as Thamel show the magazine is just living on its past reputation.

RaulVito
RaulVito

I just hope they can keep those meddling boosters under wraps and they let the guy work in peace; as loong as he is there Auburn will be competitive in the SEC with yearly shots at the Championship

Chrisonthebayou
Chrisonthebayou

Notice Gus wasn't quoted......this nothing more than AU getting out in front of the huge Texas offer that is coming.....I say if TX does indeed fire Mack, then Malzahn is their new Coach. Extensions don't mean crap....

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

@RaulVito Exactly. He doesn't want to suffer the same fate as Bowden, Tuberville and Chizik after one bad year. Those boosters don't have a lot of patience and have a low tolerance for losing. It's like they'll get him fired if he goes 7-5 or 6-6 next year.