June 6, 2014
Gus Malzahn, left, and Bruce Pearl are on the team at Auburn
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn and his assistants received raises and contract extensions following their run to the BCS Championship Game, while new basketball coach Bruce Pearl has signed his six-year contract that includes a $500,000 signing bonus, the school announced Friday.
Malzahn's contract, which was announced in December, was extended two years and calls for a total compensation package of $3.85 million this season with an increase of $250,000 annually through 2019, taking his total to $5.1 million in the final year of the contract. Malzahn signed a contract in December 2012 that paid him $2.3 million annually for five years.
The new contract includes incentives, such as playing in the national championship game ($300,000), winning the national title ($500,000) and playing in one of the top six bowl games ($200,000). Malzahn will also receive $140,000 annually over the next five years to offset his buyout to Arkansas State.
Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee received the biggest raise among the assistant coaches: An increase of $250,000 to $600,000 annually with a two-year contract extension to June 2017.
The contract for defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson, the highest-paid assistant, was extended one year to June 2017 and he received a raise of $50,000 to $800,000.
Pearl signed a contract that is worth $2.2 million this year with built-in raises of at least $100,000 per season through 2020.
"It's a tremendous commitment and it's a tremendous investment," Pearl said. "I'm very blessed."
Pearl said the $500,000 one-time payment helped him and his family move immediately to Auburn.
His 16 incentives based on team success include $100,000 for an SEC regular-season championship, $50,000 for making the NCAA Tournament and $200,000 for the national title. He also would receive bonuses for academic success by his players.
Pearl would also receive a $50,000 bonus annually if at least half of Auburn's games are sold out.
"The incentives are there for attendance and performance, and it gives me goals to set and reach," Pearl said.
Each assistant football coach received a letter in January from Athletics Director Jay Jacobs notifying him of the raise for the "success of the football program."
Defensive line coach and associate head coach Rodney Garner has a new three-year contract through June 2017. He received a raise of $50,000 to $550,000 annually.
Receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator Dameyune Craig received a raise of $150,000 to $500,000 and his contract was extended one year to June 2017. Defensive backs coach and co-defensive coordinator Charlie Harbison received a raise of $50,000 and his contract was extended two years to June 2017.
Offensive line coach J.B. Grimes received a raise of $100,000 to $370,000 and his contract was extended one year to June 2016. Special teams coach Scott Fountain received a $75,000 raise to $325,000 and his contract was extended one year to June 2016. Running backs coach Tim Horton received a raise of $75,000 to $325,000 and his contract was extended one year to June 2016.
Defensive backs coach Melvin Smith received a $25,000 raise to $325,000 and his contract was extended to June 2016. Strength and conditioning coach Ryan Russell received a $75,000 raise and his contract to $285,000 and his contract was extended to June 2016.
Some of Bruce Pearl's incentives:
•$200,000 for national championship
•$100,000 SEC regular-season title
•$100,000 national championship game
•$100,000 NCAA Elite Eight
•$100,000 NCAA Final Four
•$50,000 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
•$50,000 NCAA Tournament bid
•$25,000 NIT title
•$25,000 for winning nine SEC games
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine