Auburn football: Malzahn seeking raises for assistants, set to sign new contract 'in near future'

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 12, 2014 

From left: Head coach Gus Malzahn, offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig and running backs coach Tim Horton celebrate a touchdown during Monday night's BCS championship game. Malzahn has already agreed to a new deal, but Lashlee, Craig, Horton and the rest of the Tigers' assistants could be getting their own raises soon.

TODD VAN EMST — Auburn University

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn's turnaround season has already netted Gus Malzahn a new contract.

Now he's seeking raises for the rest of Auburn's coaching staff as well. Malzahn said Friday that he's already spoken with athletic director Jay Jacobs about upping the pay for the Tigers' assistants.

"We've got one of the best staffs in college football and we'll do everything in our power to keep them together," Malzahn said.

Auburn's nine assistants make a combined $3.459 million, ranking behind LSU ($4.565 million) and Alabama ($4.462 million) among SEC schools and fifth in Division I, according to a database compiled by USA Today. Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson is the highest-paid member of the Tigers' staff, making $800,000 annually, which ranks seventh in the nation among assistant coaching salaries.

Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, who was a finalist for the Broyles Award — given to the top assistant in the country — makes $350,000 per year.

While still working through increases for his assistants, Malzahn agreed in principle to a six-year, $26.85 million deal prior to the SEC championship game. He has has yet to sign his new contract, but said that will happen "in the near future."

The list of Auburn's assistant coaches (and their annual salaries along with bonuses) are listed below.


Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson: $800,000 annual salary; $240,000 bonus (maximum

Defensive line coach Rodney Garner: $500,000; $165,000

Safeties coach Charlie Harbison: $425,000; $146,250

Receivers coach Dameyune Craig: $350,000; $127,500

Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee: $350,000; $127,500

Cornerbacks coach Melvin Smith: $300,000; $115,000

Offensive line coach J.B. Grimes: $270,000; $107,500

Running backs coach Tim Horton: $250,000; $102,500

Tight ends coach Scott Fountain: $250,000; $102,500

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