Gus Malzahn Signs Six Year Contract Extension

By Posted on: December 6th, 2013 in Football, News 8 Comments »
hi-res-7943142_crop_north- Gus Malzahn

                                                                                                           (photo Julie Bennett, al.com)
“The future of Auburn football is very bright.” That’s what Auburn AD Jay Jacobs said tonight when he released details of a new contract issued for Head Football Coach, Gus Malzahn. The move came just days after declaring that Auburn would only talk about  contract extensions after the season was completely over.

Apparently rumors of other schools interest (including Texas) in the rising star prompted Jacobs to speed up the process. Either that or Malzahn is not the kind of guy who wants to string things along in an effort to get a better deal. I suspect it’s a little of both. At any rate, the news is good for Auburn fans, potential recruits, and especially the team. All can move forward without any uncertainty hanging over the program. And that’s a good thing.

The contract calls for a six-year extension, with $3.85 million per year with a $250,000 raise each subsequent year. It’s also a reward for the man who promised when he was hired a year ago to bring, “Championship level football back to Auburn.” He has delivered on that promise in short order, with the Tigers having already claimed the SEC Western Division Championship last Saturday and  playing for the league championship tomorrow in Atlanta.

“As I’ve said before, we want Coach Malzahn to be at Auburn for a long time,” Jacobs said. “The new contract … 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.”

And so is the Auburn Family. Congrats Coach Malzahn and …

Beat Mizzou!

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  1. War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 says:

    Did Pete Thamel break the news?

  2. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    And JJ shows signs of having a brain. Thank goodness!!

  3. sullivan013 sullivan013 says:

    I think this was Gus’s (and Jay’s) way of alleviating any fears or misgivings of current recruiting targets. I’ve found that Coach Malzahn seems to have a plan and contingency for just about everything. Very little if anything is overlooked or deferred if it would have the slightest impact on the team, recruiting or fan base. The current players need to have the proper mindset going into the next two very important games and both the coaching staff and the administration needs to have this irresponsible journalism by Thamel squelched.

    That being said, I think this was the logical choice by both Coach Malzahn and Jay Jacobs. It’s obvious the fit is a good one and both are happy with the arrangement and organization. Kudos to both sides for making this seamless and easy.

    And thank God Gus is ours for the next half decade or more. I can hear the gulps from the other side of the state already.

    • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

      Seriously. How many of Tubs’ Arky duck hunting trips did you sweat? Me? Plenty!

      Let those folks in west Alabama worry a bit. The goofy thing is–they need to be worried about their own coach…….War Eagle!

  4. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    This is great news! I think you are right about Gus not wanting to drag the process (no pun intended) out. If you look at how Malzahn treats potential football signees, you may get some insight into his mindset.

    He doesn’t let recruits sit on the fence very long. At least two highly regarded recruits have been told that there is no longer a spot for them in the 2014 recruiting class (Josh Casher and Shaun Dion Hamilton). Mainly because they waivered back and forth too long, causing problems with other recruit slots.

    I think the decision was initiated by Gus to shut up the press and to let recruits AND his current players, that he is going to be on The Plains for quite a while.

  5. mikeautiger says:

    Thought Gus would have gotten more up front to stay. But I think this says a lot about who Gus is, how he feels about being given the chance to be a major head coach, his values as a Christian, his love of Auburn, and his appreciation for what he has in his life.

  6. restless6 says:

    Pawwll, I thought you and Pete said he was agoin’ to Texas.

    ROFLMAO.