/In today’s $EC, it pays well — not to coach

In today’s $EC, it pays well — not to coach

Auburn’s most recent football coach Gus Malzahn won 66% of the games that he coached and 59.1% in his SEC games. This is almost identical to Jordan’s win percentages. Malzahn will not be naming the stadium or putting a statue on it. He has been fired. Auburn must pay Malzahn $21.4million to stop him from coaching. Auburn must pay Malzahn $21.4 million per year over the next three years. Then, it will be $10 million within the next 30 days. Malzahn cannot do anything for that ransom. Malzahn has just completed the third year in a seven-year contract, which called for him making $49 million. Remember that we are currently in the middle of a pandemic which has affected college sports just like it has every other aspect of society. Colleges and universities across the country are cutting scholarships and sports. To stay in business, entire conferences and athletic departments are borrowing money. Auburn will pay more than 21 million semolians to not coach, despite all of this. This is one more sign that times are changing in college sports. Schools are not paying coaches to coach everywhere you look. Arkansas pays two. Two years after Bret Bielema’s $11.9 million purchase, Chad Morris was purchased outright for $10 million. Was it something Sen. Everitt Dirksen said once? “A billion here, billion there and soon you’re talking real money Dirksen was referring to government waste. Because the government prints money, the universities don’t. The government doesn’t have any control over college sports. The South Carolina Gamecocks have just over $13 million to buy out Will Muschamp, who was fired recently. Muschamp excels at this. He received $6.1 million from Florida before that. According to reports, Tennessee paid Butch Jones $8 million, who was recently hired by Arkansas State, but not to coach. Kevin Sumlin was reportedly bought by Texas A&M for $10 million. LSU was able to negotiate a waiver from its contract with Les Miles, but only $1.5 million. LSU would have had to pay Ed Orgeron $27million if it fired him. Last year, Ole Miss purchased Matt Luke and Mississippi State acquired Joe Moorhead. The Mississippi schools did not get as much as Arkansas and Auburn. Luke’s purchaseout cost $6 million. Moorhead’s buyout cost between $4 million to $7 million depending on his Oregon income. That’s still a lot of money in Mississippi. Auburn is reportedly considering Lane Kiffin, a Rebels’ player, to replace Malzahn. According to reports, Kiffin earns $3.9 million at Ole Miss. We have to wonder, if Auburn is willing pay more than $5 million per year to not coach, how much would they pay to actually coach? The answer might be a surprise to the Rebels. Let’s return to Auburn and Malzahn. It might be tempting to ask how Auburn ended up in a position where it had to pay $21.45 million to a football coach to not coach. The short version is that Auburn won 10 games and won the SEC West Championship in 2017. The Tigers beat Georgia and Alabama in three weeks. At the time, 1 was being hired. Arkansas was also about to fire Bielema, and hire a new coach. According to reports, Malzahn, who was an Arkansas player and coach and had been a successful high school coach in Arkansas for many years, was No. According to the Razorbacks, Malzahn was ranked No. 1. Auburn changed its contract with Malzahn in order to keep him. The new contract was worth $49 million for seven years. It was real money. Let’s now return to Shug Jordan. Do you remember him? His career ended in 1975, with $42,500 being the highest Jordan made at Auburn. This is $203,000 today, when coaches make ten-times that amount and more. They don’t even need to whistle or call plays.