On the eve of the SEC Championship Game, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn is getting a raise and an extension.
Auburn has given Malzahn a six-year contract extension that will see his salary jump from $2.3 million to $3.85 million. In addition, he’ll get a quarter-million dollar raise each subsequent year. By 2019, the final year of the contract, Malzahn will make $5.1 million.
The new deal jumps Malzahn from 11th place in SEC coaches pay to sixth place – ahead of South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier. The announcement comes on the heels of an article this week that linked Malzahn to the University of Texas. Sports Illustrated’s Peter Thamel wrote that “Malzahn has told friends privately that coaching the Longhorns is his dream job.”