New Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn has the potential to be one of the highest paid coaches in the Southeastern Conference, but he’ll have to orchestrate a monumental turnaround for that to happen this season.
On top of his base salary of $2.3 million, Malzahn can add $150,000 for winning the SEC title game, another $200,000 for winning 14 games and a whopping $500,000 for a national championship. Get all three accomplished and Malzahn will get a $3.15 million contract at year’s end.
Before Malzahn starts his spending spree, let’s not forget that these Tigers, while many expect improvement in 2013, were a paltry 3-9 last season and 0-8 in the SEC. It may be some time before the head man at Auburn starts enjoying these salary accelerators.
Malzahn has a number of other performance-based bonuses available:
- $25,000 if the football team's APR is higher than .930; $75,000 if the APR exceeds .950 and $150,000 if Auburn's APR is 1.000.
- $75,000 for a 10-win season; $100,000 for 11 wins; $125,000 for 12 wins; $150,000 for 13 wins; $200,000 for 14 wins. Malzahn can only receive one win-related bonus in a season
- $100,000 for playing in the SEC Championship Game; $150,000 for winning the SEC Championship.
- $100,000 for playing in a BCS bowl game next year or a college football semifinal game beginning in 2014; $150,000 for appearing in the national championship game.
- $50,000 for playing in a non-BCS bowl game.
- $100,000 for finishing the season ranked in the top five.
- $100,000 for being named SEC Coach of the Year.
- $100,000 for being named National Coach of the Year by the AFCA, AP, Walter Camp or Home Depot.
As it stands now, considering just base salary, Malzahn is the SEC’s 12th-ranked head coach based on his $2.3 million compensation. Only Kentucky’s Mark Stoops and Hugh Freeze from Ole Miss make less, according to a list compiled by Saturday Down South.
Malzahn was definitely brought in to restore this Auburn program to elite status, and he’s only going to be paid at an elite level if he pushes these Tigers back to national prominence.