What is Bryan Harsin's salary? Auburn football releases contract details for new coach
The new Auburn football coach signed a six-year, $31.5 million contract that will pay him an average of $5.25 million annually. The university released the contract to USA Today on the first day of spring practice Monday – nearly three months after he was hired – in response to an open records request.
Harsin will make $5 million in his first season leading the Tigers in 2021. That number will increase by $100,000 on Jan. 1 of each contract year, beginning Jan. 1, 2022. He would earn $5.5 million in the final year of his deal in 2026.
Malzahn was fired three years into a seven-year, $49 million contract that carried a buyout of more than $21 million. He earned more than $6.9 million last season, which made him the seventh-highest paid coach in the country, per the USA Today salary database.
Harsin made $1.77 million as the coach at Boise State last season, which ranked 68th nationally. His 2021 salary would have tied Mississippi State coach Mike Leach for 16th nationally and eighth in the SEC.
Harsin can earn bonuses of $75,000 for being named either SEC or national coach of the year. He will earn non-cumulative bonuses for any postseason success Auburn experiences.
Bryan Harsin bonus structure
- SEC West champion: $100,000
- SEC Championship game victory: $250,000
- Non-SEC Group of 6 bowl appearance: $50.000
- Citrus Bowl or SEC Group of 6 bowl appearance: $150,000
- New Year's Six bowl appearance: $250,000
- CFP semifinal appearance: $300,000
- CFP national championship game appearance: $400,000
- CFP national championship game victory: $800,000
Harsin's contract is 70% guaranteed, meaning he would earn that much of the remaining value of his contract as a buyout if he is fired without cause. That's slightly less than Malzahn's contract, which was 75% guaranteed. Half of that total would be due within 30 days, with the rest being paid in four equal annual installments.
If Harsin elects to terminate the agreement before the end of his term, he could owe Auburn up to $7 million, with that number decreasing on an annual basis.