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.
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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.
AUBURN ASSISTANT COACHING SALARIES
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