Friday, February 19, 2010

Coaching raises

A three-win improvement over the 2008 total has netted Auburn’s coaches raises for the 2010 season.

Every member of Auburn’s coaching staff has received a raise, The Star confirmed Friday.

The Birmingham News first reported the news Friday morning.

Offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn received the biggest bump, going from $350,000 to $500,000. Malzahn had an opportunity to interview for at least one head coaching job – with Louisiana Tech – but declined the chance.

Head coach Gene Chizik saw his salary jump from $1.9 million to $2.1 million. Defensive coordinator Ted Roof’s salary increased from $370,000 to $407,000.

Receivers coach Trooper Taylor remains the highest-paid assistant, making $352,000 after making $320,000 in 2009. Tracy Rocker will make $330,000; Jeff Grimes will make $319,000; Curtis Luper will make $286,000; Tommy Thigpen will make $275,000; and Phillip Lolley and Jay Boulware will make $231,000.

The entire staff will collectively make $5.031 million in 2010.

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