Malzahn's Staff Has Multi-Year Contracts

Gus Malzahn's assistants have two-year or three-year contracts and the head coach has incentive clauses.

Auburn, Ala.--Three of Gus Malzahn's assistant coaches have signed three-year contracts with Auburn while the other six on-the-field assistants on his football coaching staff have two-year deals with the university.

Malzahn's deal with Auburn, which runs through the 2017 season, calls for a base salary of $500,000 per year plus an additional $1.8 million annually for media and endorsement rights plus speaking engagements on behalf of the university.

According to AU documents released on Monday, defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson is Auburn's highest paid assistant coach with a three-year deal for $800,000 per year. The former head coach also coaches the linebackers.

Ellis Johnson is shown during the A-Day Game.

Rodney Garner, who is the defensive line coach, recruiting coordinator and associate head coach, has a three-year contract at $500,000 annually. Garner returned to his alma in December after working as the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Georgia.

Dameyune Craig, who is the receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator, has a three-year deal at $350,000 per year after making the move from FSU where he coached the quarterbacks.

The other assistant coaches for Malzahn's on-the-field staff have two-year deals. That group includes:

*Running backs coach Tim Horton at $250,000

*Special teams coordinator and tight ends/H-backs coach Scott Fountain at $250,000

*Offensive line coach J.B. Grimes at $270,000

*Safety coach Melvin Smith at $300,000

*Offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Rhett Lashlee at $350,000

*Safeties coach Charlie Harbison at $425,000

Harbison moved to Auburn from Clemson, Lashlee and Grimes were at Arkansas State last season, Smith coached at Mississippi State, Fountain was at Auburn and Horton coached at Arkansas before moving to AU.

Malzahn has bonuses built into his contract. If his team wins 10 games in a season it is worth $75,000. That figure would change to $100,000 for 11 wins, $125,000 for 12 wins, $150,000 for 13 wins and $200,000 for 14 wins.

Reaching the SEC Championship Game is worth $100,000 to the head coach. That number would go up to $150,000 for winning the league championship game.

If the team does not play in the SEC Championship Game but receives a bid to a BCS Bowl the head coach would get $100,000. If his team goes to the BCS Championship Game the bonus would be $150,000, which would change to $500,000 for winning the national title.

Malzahn also has bonuses in his contract for the academic performance of his players. If the team has an APR (Academic Progress Rate) of 930, the head coach would receive a bonus of $25,000. Another $50,000 would be added to the bonus for a 950 APR and if the football team scored a perfect 1000 APR the total academic bonus would be $150,000.

The contracts of the assistant coaches note they are eligible for bonuses, too. Additionally, the assistants receive an automobile allowance of five percent of their base salary up to a maximum of up to $16,250 per year.

Malzahn, who served as offensive coordinator for the Tigers from 2009-2011 and head coach at Arkansas State in 2012, took over as head coach of the Tigers last December after Gene Chizik was fired.

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