AUBURN, Ala. — Gene Chizik is guaranteed to make $1.9 million annually as Auburn’s head coach, but he stands to make a lot more if he is successful.
Auburn released the contracts of Chizik and all nine of the Tigers’ assistant coaches Monday. In all, the staff will make $4.46 million this year before bonuses.
Chizik’s five-year deal runs through Dec. 31, 2013 and will pay him $500,000 in base salary, $700,000 for personal endorsement rights and $700,000 for radio/Internet/TV appearance fees.
His predecessor, Tommy Tuberville made $2.825 million last year.
But if Auburn achieves success on the field and in the classroom, Chizik can make as much as $1.5 million more in bonuses.
Chizik is in line for a win bonus if he gets 10 or more victories in a given season. That figure starts at $75,000 but jumps to as much as $200,000 if he were to duplicate Auburn’s 2004 achievement and win 14 games.
But that’s not all. Chizik can add these amounts for reaching any of the following criteria:
Making the SEC championship game: $100,000
Winning the SEC championship game: an additional $200,000
Making a bowl game: $50,000
Finishing in the top five of the Associated Press poll or the USA Today/Coaches poll: $100,000
SEC Coach of the Year: $100,000
National Coach of the Year: $100,000
Winning the BCS title game: $500,000
Chizik also can earn as much as $150,000 per year for reaching benchmarks in the team’s yearly Academic Progress Rate.
If Chizik is fired without cause, Auburn would owe him his $500,000 base salary for the remaining years on the contract. If he leaves voluntarily, he would owe Auburn his base salary for the remainder of the contract.
Chizik acknowledged he was given a $750,000 loan from Auburn that was used to buy out his contract at Iowa State. It will be forgiven by $150,000 each year until it is paid back. If Chizik fulfills the full five-year term of his contract or if he is fired without cause, he will owe Auburn nothing. If Chizik is fired for cause or leaves the program before the repayment, Chizik would be responsible for paying Auburn the remainder of the loan.
The contract stipulates that Chizik has the primary responsibility to select, employ and terminate any member of his coaching staff.
It also has a clause that says neither Chizik nor his associates can discuss job opportunities with another school without notifying Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs.
Chizik signed his contract June 11.
The assistant coaches’ contracts also were released. Defensive coordinator Ted Roof ($370,000 annually), offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn ($350,000) and wide receivers coach/assistant head coach Trooper Taylor ($320,000) each signed three-year deals that run through the summer of 2012.
The remaining six coaches on the staff signed two-year deals through the summer of 2011. Their base salaries are: offensive line coach Tracy Rocker ($320,000), offensive line coach Jeff Grimes (($290,000), running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Curtis Luper ($260,000), safeties coach Tommy Thigpen ($250,000), cornerbacks coach Phillip Lolley ($210,000) and special-teams coordinator Jay Boulware ($210,000).
@BR Body bold Lede colon:Note: In Saturday’s opener, DeAngelo Benton and Emory Blake — Auburn’s two most-touted freshman receivers — didn’t catch a pass and were targeted on only a few occasions in limited playing time.
“We had a couple situations trying to get them the ball in the game,” Todd said. “That was their first game — a totally different atmosphere than in high school. They were getting adjusted to that. They’ve been doing some really good things, especially in fall camp. I think as we go along, they’ll get a lot more opportunities for us to get them the ball.”
Starters Terrell Zachery and Darvin Adams had all seven of the catches by Tigers receivers.