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Auburn set to pay staff nearly $7 million annually

Yesterday, Auburn made the details of Bryan Harsin's contract available to a handful of outlets and a bit later shared the details for his assistant coaches.

All told, Auburn is committing $6.84 million to the new staff (on-field assistants plus strength coach) for the 2021 season, AL.com shares.

The investment in the staff is slightly more than what Auburn committed to the previous staff under Gus Malzahn, where they allocated $6.76 million to their 10-on field assistants.

Of the 11 staff members (10 on-field assistants plus strength coach Jeff Pitman), nine of them have signed two-year deals. Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo is the lone coach on a three-year deal and running backs coach Cadillac Williams' original deal when he joined the staff prior to the 2020 season took him through January of 2022.

Bobo will make $1.3 million annually, while defensive coordinator Derek Mason will earn slightly more at $1.5 million per season.

Outside of his two main coordinators, Harsin is dedicating the most to his offensive and defensive line coaches, each of whom will make $700k annually. Earlier this month we highlighted the top paid offensive line coaches in college football, and Will Friend making $700k would rank him tied for 7th alongside Justin Frye (UCLA), Chris Kapilovic (Michigan State, Greg Studrawa (Ohio State), and Brad Davis (Arkansas).

In the SEC, so many coaches point to the trenches as the driving factor between success and failure, so it makes sense for Harsin to allocate a large chunk of his salary pool to guys overseeing the development and production of those positions.

The rest of the coaching salaries are as follows, courtesy of AL.com:

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COACH

POSITION

SALARY

Bryan Harsin

Head Coach

$5.25 million annual average

OFFENSE

Mike Bobo

OC / QBs

$1.3 million

Will Friend

OL

$700k

Brad Bedell

TEs

$350k

Cadillac Williams

RBs

$350k

Cornelius Williams

WRs

$300k

DEFENSE

Derek Mason

DC

$1.5 million

Nick Eason

DL

$700k

Jeff Schmedding

ILBs

$500k

Bert Watts

OLBs / STC

$425k

Zac Etheridge

CBs

$315k

STRENGTH

Jeff Pitman

Head S&C

$400k