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Coordinators get 2-year deals

AUBURN -- Auburn has signed both defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder and offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler to 2-year deals.

VanGorder joined the Auburn staff Jan. 9.

VanGorder, who joined Auburn’s staff after four years with the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons, will have a base salary of $850,000, making him one of the nation’s highest paid defensive coordinators.

Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart makes $851,500 according to

Loeffler, who was hired away from Temple, will have a base salary of $500,000.

Their combined salaries are $450,000 less than Auburn paid last year’s coordinators -- Gus Malzahn ($1.3 million) and Ted Roof (500K). Both Malzahn and Roof had 3-year deals.

According to USA Today, Auburn paid its assistant coaches a combined $4.2 million in 2011, the highest amount in college football.

VanGorder’s contract includes a $16,250 car allowance or the use of two University provided cars, and temporary housing for up to one year. Loeffler is provided with a car allowance of $16,250. Both will receive a $25,000 bonus for remaining employed at the end of each season.

New defensive back coach Willie Martinez signed a 1-year deal with a base salary of $255,000. Martinez’s contract includes a car allowance of five percent of his base salary or $4,000, whichever is greater, but not to exceed $16,250.

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