Gus Malzahn’s departure from Auburn to become head coach at Arkansas State has left his protégé, Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris, as the nation’s highest paid coordinator.
Clemson recently announced that Morris agreed to a six-year contract extension for a substantial raise. Financial details have not been officially released, but multiple reports put Morris’s new salary at $1.3 million per year - $7.8 million total – for the term of the contract.
New Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is reported to have offered a similar level of compensation in an effort to lure Morris away from Clemson.
Malzahn, who turned down a $3 million annual package offered by Vanderbilt a year ago after helping Auburn reach the national championship game, will be paid $850,000 per year as Arkansas State’s new coach, according to report by Al.com. That will mean a pay cut of $450,000 compared to the $1.3 million he earned this season at Auburn, but will make him the highest-paid coach in the Sun Belt Conference.
No other college football coordinator earned more than $1 million this season, and just one – Florida’s Charlie Weis, who was recently named head coach at Kansas – earned more than $750,000.
When he signed his new contract with Auburn last December, Malzahn surpassed Texas’ Will Muschamp as the nation’s highest-paid assistant. Muschamp earned more than $900,000 per year with the Longhorns before being named head coach at Florida.
Following is a list of the nation’s highest paid college football assistants in 2011, as compiled by the St. Louis Times-Dispatch:
Gus Malzahn, Auburn - $1.3 million
Charlie Weis, Florida - $765,000
Todd Grantham, Georgia - $750,000
Ellis Johnson, South Carolina - $750,000
John Chavis, LSU - $700,000
Steve Kragthorpe, LSU - $700,000
Kevin Steele, Clemson - $675,000
Nick Hall, Washington - $650,000
Bryan Harsin, Texas - $625,000
Manny Diaz, Texas - $625,000