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Chizik Bumped To $3.5 Million

Talk about a raise. 

Gene Chizik will be getting a million dollar bump that brings his new annual salary to $3.5 million following last year’s BCS championship.  He was near $2.2 million last season.

“I deeply appreciate (Auburn’s administration’s) commitment to me and to the future of Auburn football,” Chizik said via press release.  “The success that we’ve accomplished in the past two season has been possible because of the collective efforts of the football coaches and staff, players, our administration and the entire Auburn Family.  We will continue to work tirelessly to build the foundation of the Auburn football program so that we can compete for championships regularly.”

First things first, winning a national crown is big stuff.  And after a terrible two-year run at Iowa State, Chizik is now a blistering 22-5 at Auburn (8-5 his first season, 14-0 last year).  He and his staff have shown that they can recruit extremely well.  He has proven to be a good “fit” with the Auburn community.

Toss in the fact that Chizik is now in the same ballpark salary-wise as rival Nick Saban and you’ve got an added bonus.

But somewhere deep inside some Auburn fans’ minds there has to be some question as to whether or not AU just gave Chizik a Weisian deal.  Notre Dame slapped a mega-deal together for Charlie Weis early in his tenure and they’ve been paying him not to coach ever since.

It’s not easy to win national titles.  Even the best coaches have but one or two.  So in some respects, winning a BCS crown requires a certain amount of catching lightning in a bottle.  See: Cam Newton, who happened to be the greatest one-man wrecking crew we at have ever seen.

So is it possible Chizik will now be making $3.5 million when his best year is already behind him?  Sure.  But if you’re Auburn, how do you not cough up such a large sum for a man who brought you your first national title in half a century?


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