I notice that Auburn just gave Gus Malzahn a big raise that makes him the highest paid offensive coordinator in the SEC at $500,000 per year. That’s interesting to me for two reasons. First, while that’s a sum that’s nothing to sneer at, it’s still considerably less than is being paid out under the new defensive coordinator contracts just handed out all over the conference. Second (and somewhat related to the first point), Auburn is the only school in the SEC I can verify that’s paying its offensive coordinator 25% more than it’s paying its defensive coordinator.
Some of that disparity can no doubt be attributed to several conference programs having head coaches who serve as their de facto offensive coordinators to a large extent. Still, things are what they are, and, if anything, based on the last two months, the spread is even more pronounced than it was before.
Why do you think that is?