Dec. 6, 2013
Gus Malzahn turns around Auburn's fortunes, and his contract, in one year (Todd Van Emst photo)
By Charles Goldberg
ATLANTA — Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has agreed to a new six-year contract that will pay him $3.85 million next season and guarantees a $250,000 raise each year after that.
The total compensation is $26.85 million over the course of the contract.
Auburn announced Friday it had torn up the five-year contract Malzahn signed last December that paid him $2.3 million a season in favor of a new one that rewards him for the biggest turnaround in college football this season that includes a berth in Saturday's SEC Championship Game against Missouri here in the Georgia Dome. Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs got the deal done this week.
"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."
"I couldn't be more pleased with our student-athletes and our coach."
Auburn, which finished 3-9 last season without Malzahn, is 11-1 and the SEC West champions this season. Malzahn's team scored two of the most dramatic wins in school history in the last two games, a 43-38 win over Georgia and a last-play 34-28 win over Alabama last Saturday.
Malzahn was hired last Dec. 4 and quickly put his stamp on the program, replacing all of Auburn's assistants and most of the football administrative staff.
He entered spring practice with the motto of "It's a New Day," and followed it by rarely talking about the struggles of the 2012 that was played without him.
But Auburn knew all about Malzahn. He was Auburn's offensive coordinator from 2009-11, including the 2010 season when Auburn won the BCS national championship.
Auburn University president Dr. Jay Gogue said he was happy with the new contract.
"Jay made a good recommendation, and I support it. 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. I've consulted with the president pro tem of the Auburn Board, and he let me know that he supports it as well."
Jimmy Rane, the president pro tem of Auburn's Board, said he agreed with the extension.
"What began as a new day has turned into a great day for Auburn," Rane said.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer for AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine