Auburn, Coach Malzahn agree to 6-year extension
Gus Malzahn will be wearing Auburn blue and orange for a long time.
Only hours away from the SEC Championship against Missouri, Auburn and first-year head coach Malzahn agreed to a six-year contract extension.
Malzahn will be paid $3.85 million in the first year of his new deal and will receive a $250,000 raise each year, the university said. The increase in pay will make him the 11th highest-paid coach in the country and sixth in the Southeastern Conference.
"As I've said before, we want Coach Malzahn to be at Auburn for a long time," Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs said in a statement released by the university on Friday night. "The new contract includes a raise and extension and is our statement that Auburn is committed to Coach Malzahn for the long haul.”
Malzahn led his team to an 11-1 season and is pushing for a berth in the BCS National Championship Game after the school went 3-9 in 2012.
"While this season has been remarkable, I'm equally excited about the future of our program under his leadership,” Jacobs said. “The future of Auburn football is very bright.”