ATLANTA, Ga. -- Auburn and Gus Malzahn are just getting started.
Jacobs moved quickly to sign Malzahn to a new deal/Todd Van Emst photo
A year and two days since Malzahn was hired, Auburn signed him to a six-year contract extension that will pay him $3.85 million in 2014 with a $250,000 increase for each subsequent year.
If Malzahn completes his contract, he’s due to make $5.1 million in 2019.
“As I've said before, we want Coach Malzahn to be at Auburn for a long time,” Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs said. “The new contract includes a raise and extension and is our statement that Auburn is committed to Coach Malzahn for the long haul.
“While this season has been remarkable, I'm equally excited about the future of our program under his leadership. The future of Auburn football is very bright.”
Malzahn has engineered the biggest turnaround in Auburn and SEC history, inheriting a team that was 3-9 last season and guiding them to an 11-1 record and No. 3 ranking this year going into Saturday’s SEC Championship game against No. 5 Missouri.
Malzahn originally signed a five-year, $2.3 million deal, which ranked 11th out of 14 SEC coaches, according to a USA Today study. Malzahn’s new deal ranks sixth in the conference
“Jay made a good recommendation, and I support it,” Auburn president Jay Gogue said. “A lot of programs would love to have Coach Malzahn, so this is a good move that allows him to continue taking Auburn football where our fans want it.”
Jimmy Rane, the president pro tem of Auburn’s Board, also fully supported the contract extension and raise.
“What began as a new day has turned into a great day for Auburn and the Auburn family.”