If you were wondering what kind of financial inducement Auburn would have to offer Gus Malzahn’s replacement — after all, it’s not every day a school punts a coach who’s beaten Saban a few times and gone to a national title game — to entice him to come to the Plains, well, here you go:
New Auburn football coach Bryan Harsin has signed a six-year contract with the school that will pay him an average of $5.25 million, according to documents released Monday…
If Auburn fires Harsin without cause, it will owe the coach 70% of his remaining salary through the contract term, half of which will be paid within 30 days of termination. The remaining 50% would be paid out over four years, and Harsin’s guarantee is not subject to offset or mitigation. Auburn had a similarly structured agreement with Harsin’s predecessor, Gus Malzahn, who was fired in December.
Harsin made $1.85 million in his last season at Boise State and reportedly was looking to move on to a place with greater financial resources. He must think he died and went to heaven with this deal. And, although I don’t believe Jimmy Sexton represents Harsin, he probably feels the same way, too.
Boy, it sure is a good thing schools have grasped some degree of financial sanity in the wake of the pandemic.