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Auburn Finalizing Chizik Deal

College Football News
Posted May 20, 2009


Auburn is putting the final pieces together for new head coach Gene Chizik’s salary.

By: BE Coleman

Auburn is putting the final pieces together for new head coach Gene Chizik’s salary. The Tigers new mentor has agreed in terms to a five year deal worth $1.9 million annually.

Media requests for the open records detail Chizik’s letter of acceptance in terms with President Jay Gouge’s terms on December 13th, 2008. The 1.9 million is the base pay scale that Chizik will work under.

He will receive additional compensation from academic and performance bonuses that include endorsements, broadcast work and personal appearances according to his agreement.

Chizik has worked for five months without a contract, which is not uncommon when coaching contracts are drawn up, to work under a gentleman’s agreement while the necessary paperwork is processed.

The Tigers administration clarifies that if Chizik is “terminated without cause,” the university will pay him “the base salary for the remaining term of the contract.”

If Chizik is terminated with cause, the university will not be obligated to provide further pay. Should Chizik terminate the contract, he “will pay Auburn an amount equal to the base salary for the remaining term of the contract,”

Chizik’s new staff will earn 2.5 million per year, which is spread over nine assistants.

Former head coach Tommy Tuberville agreed to a 5.1 million dollar buyout after earning over 3 million annually on the plains. Tuberville has accepted a job with BusterSports providing insight and analysis for the upcoming season.