Auburn wanted to buyout the contract of former head coach Gene Chizik so badly the school was willing to carve out $8.78 million just to move on. According to a report from Al.com, Auburn set aside nearly that much to buyout the contracts of Chizik and the assistant coaching staff before bringing Gus Malzahn back to Auburn.
As reported, Auburn was originally prepared to spend $11.09 million to buyout the various contracts but the total was reduced as coaches found jobs elsewhere. Chizik, who led Auburn to a national championship just four seasons ago, received a buyout of $7.5 million to account for the remainder of his money owed on his contract. Auburn will pay Chizik a little more than $200,000 per month through the 2015-2016 fiscal year.
The remainder of the $8.78 million in buyout money was reserved for former assistant coaches Scot Loeffler, Brian VanGorder and Trooper Taylor. All three coaches have received their final buyout payments.
Auburn worked in the red last year, but with the buyout costs starting to trim down and with a nice boost from revenue sharing through the addition of the SEC Network, Auburn should be in decent shape a year from now.
Arkansas State is dipping in to the coaching staff from Auburn’s 2010 national championship staff again. It worked out when Gus Malzahn was hired as the head coach, even if just for one year. This time they are bringing on Trooper Taylor to be the new defensive backs coach. Arkansas State and head coach Blake Anderson confirmed the hire Friday evening.
Taylor was one of the coaches investigated by the NCAA for potential recruiting violations in 2012. The investigation later turned out to be one of the last straws for head coach Gene Chizik, who was fired at the end of the 2012 season. Assistant coaches were given a chance to stay on board while the search for a new coach went on. That ended up bringing Malzahn back to the Tigers, although Taylor was not a part of the coaching staff last fall.
The 2013 season was an off-year for Taylor, who has established himself over the years as a solid recruiter and has done good work with a number of college football standouts. This can be a very solid addition to the Arkansas State coaching staff, but surely a close look will be kept on his football activities and recruiting tactics just to be safe.
“As a main of faith, family and football, I am excited to be a part of the Jonesboro community and the outstanding football program here at Arkansas State,” said Taylor. “With back-to-back GoDaddy Bowl victories and three straight Sun Belt Conference championships, this program’s sustained success obviously speaks for itself.”