The rich just keep getting richer in the SEC, but it's hard to argue with the hefty raise Auburn coach Gene Chizik just received.
His annual salary was increased to $3.5 million, a bump of $1.3 million, and he could make as much as $4.5 million with incentives. His new deal will now run through 2015.
When Chizik was hired at Auburn prior to the 2009 season, he came in at $1.9 million and was one of the lowest paid coaches in the league.
But when you win a national championship, the stakes go up ... and so do the salaries.
Chizik is now the fourth highest paid coach in the SEC, coming in just behind Arkansas' Bobby Petrino.
Here's an updated look at what the salary pecking order looks like now in the SEC. Vanderbilt is a private university and doesn't release contract numbers, although first-year coach James Franklin is believed to be somewhere in the $1 million-$1.5 million range. The following salary figures reflect what coaches are scheduled to make in 2011:
1. Nick Saban, Alabama -- $5.33 million
2. Les Miles, LSU -- $3.75 million
3. Bobby Petrino, Arkansas -- $3.56 million
4. Gene Chizik, Auburn -- $3.5 million
5. Mark Richt, Georgia -- $2.9 million
6. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina -- $2.8 million
7. Houston Nutt, Ole Miss -- $2.76 million
8. Will Muschamp, Florida -- $2.75 million
9. Dan Mullen, Mississippi State -- $2.65 million
10. Derek Dooley, Tennessee -- $1.9 million
11. Joker Phillips, Kentucky -- $1.7 million