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