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Auburn releases contract details, salaries for new assistant coaches

Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, right, talks with secondary coach Wes McGriff during spring practice on April 5, 2016.
Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, right, talks with secondary coach Wes McGriff during spring practice on April 5, 2016. mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn released contract details for its five new assistant coaches Friday afternoon.

Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele received a slight bump in pay jumping from LSU to the program’s SEC West rival.

Steele’s will earn $1.1 million per year in his new three-year deal with Auburn. The contract has a base salary of $250,000 with the defensive assistant earning $425,000 for personal endorsements and $425,000 for media appearances.

The deal runs through January 1, 2019 and includes salary increases of $100,000 in 2017 and 2018.

According to USA Today’s database of assistant coach salaries, Steele made $1,005,000 last season.

Auburn made headlines when it signed Will Muschamp to a $1.6 million deal to become the program’s defensive coordinator last year. Steele’s contract won’t make him the highest paid assistant in football, but his salary is competitive with the top contracts in the country.

Steele would owe Auburn $1 million if he leaves prior to the end of Auburn’s 2016 football regular season including the SEC Championship Game if the program qualifies. The buy-out amount goes to $750,000 if he leaves before the end of the 2017 season and $500,000 if he terminates the contract after the 2017 season.

Travis Williams, Kodi Burns, Herb Hand and Wes McGriff all signed two-year deals. McGriff is the highest paid assistant of the group making $500,000 per year — $250,000 base with $125,000 for personal endorsements and $125,000 for media appearances — but Hand is the only new assistant making more money than the coach he replaced.

Hand’s annual salary of $420,000 is more than J.B. Grimes made last season ($370,000). Burns will make $350,000 a year and Williams will make $225,000.

The total salary pool for the five new assistants is $875,000 less than the university paid out last season.

Auburn’s new assistant coaches receive an annual car allowance of $16,250, an amount separate from their base salary.

Michael Niziolek: 334-332-8572, @wareagleextra

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