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Big raise, extension for Chizik

AUBURN – Gene Chizik has reaped the rewards of a national championship.

Gene Chizik is 22-5 in his two seasons as Auburn head coach.

Chizik, paid $1.9 million plus incentives in his original contract, has agreed to an extension through 2015 that pays him $3.5 million per year plus incentives.

“I am pleased to announce a well-deserved raise and contract extension for Coach Chizik,” Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs said Friday. “We believe that we have the best coach in college football. More importantly, Coach Chizik is a great mentor to our student-athletes, he represents Auburn with class and integrity in all that he does, and he is an outstanding ambassador for Auburn University.”

With incentives, Chizik could earn up to $4.5 million a year under the amended contract. The 2010 National Coach of the Year, Chizik has guided Auburn to a 22-5 record in his two seasons.

“We will continue to provide Coach Chizik and our football program the resources needed to build a strong foundation so that we can consistently compete for championships in the future,” Jacobs said. “We look forward to Coach Chizik being our coach at Auburn for a long, long time.”

Chizik took over a floundering program in December 2008. His first Auburn team was 8-5. Last season’s team was 14-0 and beat Oregon 22-19 in the BCS National Championship Game.

“I want to thank President Gogue and Jay Jacobs for their leadership and vision and believing in the direction that we have established for the Auburn football program,” Chizik said. “I deeply appreciate their commitment to me and to the future of Auburn football.

"The success that we’ve accomplished in the past two seasons has been possible because of the collective efforts of the football coaches and staff, players, our administration and the entire Auburn Family. We will continue to work tirelessly to build the foundation of the Auburn football program so that we can compete for championships regularly.”

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