Former Florida Gators coach and current Auburn Tigers defensive coordinator Will Muschamp signed a three-year deal with the team back in December and while his contract makes him the highest paid defensive coordinator in college football, with a salary between $1.6 and $1.8 million a year, there is a greater perk within the deal.
As was reported by Brandon Marcello of AL.com, Muschamp is guaranteed a hefty sum of $5.1 million if he is still with the university through the first week of December. If he leaves for another job in December, he must be payed up to $3.5 million within a month of his taking on the new position.
But wait, there’s more! Should Muschamp choose to leave Auburn before this year’s SEC Championship Game, set to be played on December 5, he only owes a $1 million buyout!
It should also be noted that Muschamp is still owed money from Florida after being relieved of his head coaching duties last season. Over the next three years, UF will pay him $6.3 million in “equal payments.”
That all being said, though he probably could have gotten another head coaching job on some level after leaving Florida, rather than take a coordinator position, it appears that Muschamp has hit the proverbial jackpot in doing the latter!
Auburn opens the season against Louisville on September 5, in a game set to be played at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome.
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