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January 25, 2013

Auburn notes: Loeffler, Grimes still owed buyout money; another juco commits to Tigers

AUBURN, Ala. — Virginia Tech released its salaries Friday for newly-hired coaches Scot Loeffler and Jeff Grimes, still receiving monthly paychecks from Auburn after being fired at the end of the 2012 season.

Andy Bitter of the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot divulged Loeffler’s eventual annual salary will reach $400,000 and Grimes will be paid $265,000. However, each man will make $150,000 annually from their new employer until their Auburn contracts expire.

Since Grimes’ deal ends June 30 of this year, and Loeffler’s on June 30, 2014, that means Auburn can deduct approximately $300,000 from its original buyout for its former offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.

Loeffler’s Auburn salary was half a million dollars, while Grimes’ had been $400,000.

Six-pack of jucos

Reports surfaced Friday that linebacker Kenny Flowers will give Auburn a third commitment this offseason from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College.

Hutchinson coach Rion Rhoades told multiple outlets of Flowers’ decision, which would have him joining former teammates Devonte Danzey and Ben Bradley on their way to the Plains.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Flowers is a three-star prospect and 247sports.com’s No. 3-rated inside linebacker. Originally from Lilburn, Ga., he previously committed to Texas A&M in November, but backed out when he could not enroll early.

Danzey, an offensive guard, and Bradley, a defensive tackle, are already enrolled at Auburn and ready for spring practices.

Flowers would be Auburn’s sixth commitment from a junior college player.


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