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Friday, February 19, 2010

Auburn football coaches cash in on successful season with across-the-board raises, extensions

A successful first season has Auburn's coaches feeling a difference in their wallets.

Head coach Gene Chizik and all of his assistants received raises on the heels of an 8-5 season that included an Outback Bowl victory and a top-five recruiting class, the Ledger-Enquirer confirmed Friday.

The Birmingham News
first reported the story Friday morning.

Offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn received the biggest bump, getting a 43 percent salary raise from $350,000 to $500,000 a year. Malzahn was rumored to be a candidate for several head coaching jobs in the offseason, most recently Louisiana Tech. He declined to interview with the Bulldogs in January.

The other coaches received 10 percent raises, with Chizik's annual compensation rising from $1.9 million to $2.1 million.

Additionally, all of the contracts were extended by a year. Chizik's remains five years, while Malzahn, defensive coordinator Ted Roof and wide receivers coach/associate head coach Trooper Taylor are still at three years. The other assistants have two-year contracts.

The other assistants' salaries are as follows:
  • Roof: $407,000
  • Taylor: $352,000
  • Defensive line coach Tracy Rocker: $330,000,
  • Offensive line coach Jeff Grimes: $319,000
  • Running backs coach Curtis Luper: $286,000
  • Safeties coach Tommy Thigpen: $275,000
  • Cornerbacks coach Phillip Lolley: $231,000
  • Tight ends/special teams coordinator Jay Boulware: $231,000.
The staff's total compensation for 2010 will be $5.031 million dollars.


JoeinFP said...

Good move with the pay increases. We know sooner or later many on these guys will move on to bigger things, but the increase it will help keep them at Auburn until their dream opportunity arises. Also, by paying the HC a little less than average for a big time program and paying the coordinators and assistants more, when one of the current staff does move on, it will be easier to recruit top notch talent to fill the position.

Personally, I might not have been quite so generous with Rocker and Bouwlare, but except for those two, I think the coaching staff got more out of the players in all positions than should have been expected. I agree whole heartily with coach Chizik in his assessment last year that the 2090 team did not look anywhere near like the 2003 team. In 2010 we should see the Offence began to click on all cylinders and start seeing an improvement on Defense. One or two more recruiting years like the last one and we’ll have the talent and depth in all positions to match the talent of the coaching staff and thing will really start to get exciting.

Great players plus coaching which bring out the best in them equals great results.

Eric said...

Ted Roof hasn't earned his money yet either as a recruiter or as a DC. Any money paid him is a down payment on future production. He gets a pass on a thin team in 2009.

Boulware ought to get a salary CUT or be relieved of duty as the special teams at Auburn were Awful in 2009. Chizik himself took over kick return coaching late in the year.

Trooper and Luper deserve major raises way above 10 pct. Those two dudes are the recruiting nucleus.

Mahlzahn deserves the big buck raise otherwise we lose the buzz his Offense creates on the recruiting trail as well as the offensive production. I'd like to see him spend 3 years on the plains before he goes be a HC. He deserves it, but he isn't so far removed from HS that commentators don't mention it. He needs the space and experience. Might as well get it at Auburn and make a few shekels.