Reports: Yurachek to get raise, extension after offer from Auburn

Hunter Yurachek speaks during a press event announcing his hiring as athletics director at the University of Arkansas on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (Flyer photo/Todd Gill)

University of Arkansas Athletic Director Hunter Yurachek will reportedly receive a raise and contract extension after turning down an offer to lead the Auburn University athletics department.

A Monday report from Arkansas Business broke the news of a $2 million offer to Yurachek from Auburn, and that an amended contract was in the works at Arkansas.

A later report from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette spelled out details of the amended contract, which include a raise for Yurachek to $1.5 million per year and a six-month extension through the end of 2027.

After being rejected by Yurachek, the school on Monday announced the hiring of Mississippi State’s John Cohen. Auburn had been without an athletics director since Allen Greene resigned in late August.

Auburn still has another major position to fill, as the university fired its head football coach Bryan Harsin on Monday in the middle of his second season.

Yurachek on Monday released the following statement:

“Throughout the nation, many have taken notice of the record-breaking success we have achieved together at the University of Arkansas,” Yurachek wrote on Twitter. “Our many accomplishments are a credit to the collective commitment of our student-athletes, coaches and staff members, Razorback Foundation members, season ticket holders and fans. I am sincerely appreciative of the continued support for our program from our Board of Trustees, President Don Bobbitt, Interim Chancellor Charles Robinson and our entire campus administration. I am honored to be the Director of Athletics at the University of Arkansas and look forward to even greater things to come as we move forward together as ONE Razorback.”