Auburn, Ala.-- Auburn defensive coordinator is the highest paid of the five new members of Gus Malzahn’s football coaching staff.
Steele, who made the move from LSU to Auburn, will make $250,000 in base salary for the 2016 season with the biggest chunk of his money, $425,000 annually, coming from endorsement and likeness rights fees.
Steele also has a buyout of $750,000 as part of his deal, a figure which drops to $500,000 after two seasons on the job. Additionally, he is scheduled to earn $50,000 more each year he is at Auburn.
Auburn's new secondary coach, Wesley McGriff, is known as "Coach Crimedog" to the players.
Wesley McGriff, who made the move from the New Orleans Saints to Auburn, has a $250,000 base salary plus $125,000 for his rights fees. McGriff coaches Auburn’s defensive backs.
New co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach, Kodi Burns, has a base salary of $250,000 plus a $50,000 rights fee in his deal for making the move back to his alma mater from Arizona State. Burns coached receivers last season at Middle Tennessee State.
Herb Hand is shown at an Auburn spring practice.
New offensive line coach Herb Hand is receiving a $250,000 base salary plus $85,000 for rights fees. He made the move to AU from Penn State. Hand and Malzahn previously worked together at Tulsa where they were co-offensive coordinators.
Travis Williams, who was promoted from a defensive support staff role to linebacker coach, is receiving $220,000 plus a $2,500 rights fee. Williams is a former All-SEC linebacker for the Tigers.