On the first day of spring practice, the details of Auburn head coach Bryan Harsin's contract have been announced. ESPN's Adam Rittenberg was the first to report the news.
Harsin has signed a six-year contract with Auburn that will pay him an average of $5.25 million per year, according to documents released to ESPN on Monday.
Auburn hired the former Boise State head coach in December, and he is signed through Dec. 31, 2026. His salary will start at $5 million and increase by $100,000 on Jan. 1 of each year.
The bonus structure of Harsin's contract includes $100,000 for winning the SEC West and $250,000 for winning the SEC Championship.
Along with the SEC bonuses, he will also earn $200,000 for every New Year's Six Bowl appearance, $300,000 for reaching the playoff, $400,000 for reaching the national championship and $800,000 for winning the national championship.
If Harsin is fired without cause, Auburn will owe him 70% of his remaining salary, with half of it being paid within 30 days. The remaining 50% would be issued over the next four years.
Harsin's guarantee is not subjected to offset or mitigation, a similar structure to the program's deal with Gus Malzahn.
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If the Tigers' new coach decides to leave before his contract is up, he owes the school $7 million in the first year, $5 million in year two and $3 million in the third year. The buyout drops to $1 million apiece in years four and five of the agreement.
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