Public employees who make greater than $75,000 a year in base income are required to file a form with the Alabama State Ethics Commission. As they're both above the threshold, that includes Alabama coach Nick Saban and Auburn coach Gus Malzahn. Saban has filed his form, while Malzahn has not.
The deadline to file the forms, which ask about family and other income for the 2013 calendar year, was April 30. Saban got his in a day before the deadline. The ethics commission is still waiting on the Auburn coach.
"Contact has been made and we have been told the filing will be done," Barbi Lee, the Chief of the Finance and Administrative Division of the Alabama Ethics Commission told AL.com in an email.
The penalty for not filing is $10 a day, with a max fine of $1,000. It's not that big of a deal to a coach who made $2.44 million last season. And while there surely was someone to remind Malzahn of the filing deadline, it's not totally out of the realm of possibility it was overlooked after he spent a year as the coach of Arkansas State. There's probably a greater chance of forgetting to file this form than forgetting to pay for your crab legs at Publix.
There's another, greater, potential punishment too. According to Alabama law "A person who intentionally violates any financial disclosure filing requirement of this chapter shall be subject to administrative fines imposed by the commission, or shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor, or both."
The filing requires public employees to not only state their base income, but any other income as well. According to Saban's filing, he lists over $250,000 in rental income and between $150,000-$250,000 in income from books among other things. That's in addition to his over $5.5 million salary in 2013, of course.
He also had 11 businesses listed on the form, which requires those who fill it out to name any business in which he, his wife or children had at least a five percent share in or served as a member of and received more than $1,000 from.
We're going to venture a wild guess and say that Malzahn will get his filing in soon and there won't be any other issues. However, any delay in filing can incite thoughts, fair or not, that he's hiding something. It's not a perception you want the coach of a football team coming off a BCS Championship Game appearance to create.
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