Public Records Peel Back How Much Auburn Will Spend On Coaching Change (It’s Astronomical)

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Auburn’s coaching change came at a price. OK, a massive one. As in $73 million, according to

Auburn switched from Gus Malzahn to Bryan Harsin following a disappointing 6-4 season. They’re now hoping this change will help them keep pace in perhaps college football’s greatest league.

And trying to compete in the SEC clearly ain’t cheap. obtained public records documents that revealed Auburn’s coaching change “will cost more than $73 million when accounting for the full value of the new staff’s contracts and the buyouts due to Malzahn and his former assistants.”

Yowza. Seventy-three million bucks. For a new football coach.

“It’s a reflection of how much coaching contracts and buyouts have exploded in major college football in the last decade, including when Auburn last made such a change in its program,” wrote Tom Green of “The decision to fire Gene Chizik, two years removed from a national title and following a 3-9 season, to hire Malzahn cost the program $28.92 million.”

If Auburn wins a national title, well, only Auburn can decide if it was actually worth $73 million. If they don’t though…

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,

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