Auburn Gives Coach Malzahn Raise
By Kristen Finstad
The outcome of Auburn's Southeastern Conference championship game against Missouri on Saturday was not a factor in the decision to give head coach Gus Malzahn a raise.
Athletic director Jay Jacobs announced the deal to give Malzahn a six-year contract worth $3.85 million with a guaranteed $250,000 raise each year, according to ESPN.com. By the end of the contract, the 2019-2020 season, Malzahn will be making $5.1 million.
"As I've said before, we want coach Malzahn to be at Auburn for a long time," Jacobs said in a statement. "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. I couldn't be more pleased with our student-athletes and our coach."
Before leading Arkansas State to a Sun Belt Conference championship last season, Malzahn was Auburn's offensive coordinator for Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton and the 2010 national champion team. Malzahn has led Auburn to an 11-1 season after stepping into a 3-9 team last season.
Auburn University president Dr. Jay Gogue supports Jacobs' proposal for Malzahn's new contract.
"A lot of programs would love to have coach Malzahn, so this is a good move that allows him to continue taking Auburn football where our fans want it," Gogue said in a statement.
A win for Malzahn and his Auburn team on Saturday could potentially land the team a spot in the BCS national championship game.