What is it with Auburn and football coaches’ buyouts?
It happened with Tommy Tuberville, who resigned under pressure in 2008. Auburn had to pay him $5.1 million not to coach.
It happened with Gene Chizik, who was fired in 2012. Auburn is still paying him the balance of the $7.5 million it’s contractually obligated to pay him not to coach.
… Should things take an unexpected and drastic turn for the worst during his tenure – which is Auburn Football History 101 – Malzahn’s buyout is $2,237,500 for each year remaining on his six-year deal. Let’s break it down by year on how much the school would owe him if it fires him after the following seasons:
Here’s what makes that truly remarkable:
… No Auburn coach since Shug Jordan retired in 1975 has left to take another job. Every Auburn coach since Jordan retired was either fired or resigned under pressure.
It happened to Doug Barfield, Pat Dye, Terry Bowden, Tuberville and Chizik. It happened to Dye, Bowden, Tuberville and Chizik even though each of them experienced some incredible success, the kind that led to SEC West, SEC and/or BCS championships.
That’s almost pathological.
And just remember the next time somebody tries to insist there isn’t enough money in the system for something… they lyin’.