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    THE CONTRACTS OF THE AUBURN FOOTBALL COACHING STAFF


    GUS MALZAHN, head coach

  • $2.3 million per year through 12/31/17
    • His bonus schedule is as follows:
    • 10 wins: $75,000
    • 11 wins: another $25,000
    • 12 wins: another $25,000
    • 13 wins: another $25,000
    • 14 wins: another $50,000
    • Playing in the SEC championship game: $100,000
    • Winning the SEC championship game: $150,000
    • Earning a non-BCS bowl bid: $50,000
    • Earning an at-large BCS bowl bid: $100,000
    • Losing the BCS title game: $150,000
    • Winning the BCS title game: $500,000
    • Final ranking in top 5 of AP or Coaches polls: $100,000
    • Earning SEC Coach of the Year honors from AP or Coaches survey: $100,000
    • Earning National Coach of the Year honors from the AFCA, AP, Home Depot, Walter Camp Foundation or by winning the Bryant Award: $100,000
  • His buyout protection is $500,000 for each year remaining on the contract, payable monthly through the conclusion of the contract.
  • His buyout fee is $500,000 for each year remaining on the contract, payable in two installments -- the first is due 30 days after leaving and the second is due one calendar year after leaving.
  • Auburn loaned him $700,000 to satisfy contractual obligations to Arkansas State. Auburn agrees to forgive $140,000 of that debt per year, though Malzahn will owe the balance if he doesn't complete the contract.

    ELLIS JOHNSON, defensive coordinator
  • $800,000 per year through 6/30/16
  • Hired as a free agent on 12/5/12. (Fired as Southern Miss head coach on 11/27/12.)

    RHETT LASHLEE, offensive coordinator
  • $350,000 per year through 6/30/15
  • Hired away from Arkansas State on 12/6/12.

    RODNEY GARNER, defensive line/recruiting coordinator
  • $500,000 per year through 6/30/16
  • Hired away from Georgia on 12/21/12.

    CHARLIE HARBISON, cornerbacks
  • $425,000 per year through 6/30/15
  • Hired away from Clemson on 12/8/12.

    DAMEYUNE CRAIG, quarterbacks/co-offensive coordinator
  • $350,000 per year through 6/30/16
  • Hired away from Florida State on 1/3/13.

    MELVIN SMITH, safeties
  • $300,000 per year through 6/30/15
  • Hired away from Mississippi State on 12/24/12.

    J.B. GRIMES, offensive line
  • $270,000 per year through 6/30/15
  • Hired away from Arkansas State on 12/18/12.

    TIM HORTON, running backs
  • $250,000 per year through 6/30/15
  • Hired away from Arkansas on 1/3/13.

    SCOTT FOUNTAIN, tight ends/special teams
  • $250,000 per year through 6/30/15
  • Served as Chizik's director of football operations; hired as a full-time coach on 1/25/13.

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