Swinney new eight-year deal approval expected Saturday

The 2013 season team captains - Quandon Christian, Spencer Shuey, Darius Robinson, Tyler Shatley, Brandon Thomas and Tajh Boyd - are recognized at the Clemson Football banquet by head coach Dabo Swinney

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The 2013 season team captains - Quandon Christian, Spencer Shuey, Darius Robinson, Tyler Shatley, Brandon Thomas and Tajh Boyd - are recognized at the Clemson Football banquet by head coach Dabo Swinney

A new eight-year agreement for coach Dabo Swinney should be approved Saturday by the Clemson Board of Trustees’ compensation committee along with a package of raises for his coaching staff that could rank among the 10 most lucrative in college football.

The board announced a teleconference beginning at 10 a.m. to approve a package expected to exceed $8 million including $3.15 million initially to Swinney during his sixth full season as coach.

Swinney’s contract for 2013 called for compensation of at least $2.2 million.

The contract, which runs through Dec. 31, 2021, includes a $5 million buyout should Swinney wish to leave Clemson during the first three seasons, then gradually less in subsequent years.

His base salary would be $245,000 plus $500,000 in licensing revenue and the balance in supplemental income.

Under Swinney, the program finished 11-2 for the second straight year, the first time in school history that Clemson won at least 11 games in consecutive seasons. Clemson ranked seventh in the final USA Today coaches’ poll, the highest final ranking since the Tigers won the national championship in 1981.

Swinney’s new contract includes an escalating annual salary through 2016 capped at $345,000, though it provides for subsequent raises depending on the number of wins the previous season. Along with incentives for an ACC championship — and bonuses for appearances and victories in the conference title game and the college football playoff — there is a bonus for NCAA academic progress scores of 950 or higher.

Clemson reached a BCS bowl game two of the past three seasons and defeated top-10 teams in each of its past two bowl appearances.

Swinney was named a finalist for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year for the third straight year after reaching 50 wins in his 72nd game.

Swinney’s assistant coaches received approximately $4.2 million last year. The new agreement could create an additional pool of at least $700,000 to be distributed to the nine assistants.

Clemson and national champion Florida State were the only schools to rank in the top 25 in scoring offense, scoring defense, total offense and total defense.

Already the highest paid assistant in college football, offensive coordinator Chad Morris also could get a raise. He currently makes $1.3 million. Clemson was 10th in total offense, eighth in passing efficiency and sixth in complete percentage, averaging 40.2 points and 508 yards per game. Morris was named National Assistant Coach of the Year by the AFCA.

In Brent Venables’ second season as defensive coordinator, Clemson led the nation in tackles for loss, was second in three-and-outs, 13th in total sacks, 24th in scoring defense, 25th in total defense, 16th in pass defense, 13th in interceptions, 10th in forced turnovers forced and fifth in third-down conversion defense.

Swinney also was expected to solidify other areas of the program to reinforce his goal for sustaining a vision of national prominence.

Negotiations began during the season.

Among the factors that led to a long-term contract was Swinney’s wish that his sons finish high school in Clemson. For the youngest, that would be in about eight years.

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MoncksTater writes:

Dabo cares about what it means to be a good father , a good coach and a good mentor to the young men he brings into the Clemson family every year. More important than success on the field for him I think , is that they succeed as men after their time at Clemson ends. He deserves a raise , his assistants deserve a raise and our administrators should all find TDP and thank him from the bottom of their orange hearts for having the foresight to trust in a positional coach to lead the Clemson resurgence...which is coming along very nicely.

tigerrob44#291802 writes:

This is good as long as we go to a BCS type bowl every year or two. We have to start beating SC regularly like we have done for over 100 years or all this money will be wasted and a lot of people will be mad as ? In my mind, the assistant coaches should be the highest paid asst. in all the county and then you can have some solidarity. And generally speaking, that is a good thing. Not always but usually it is. Dabo is doing a really good job so far inspite of our problems with SC. Laast year was a fluke kind of game and we got beat. Our last two bowl games have really shown what we have and the entire nation saw us beat two good football teams. Those bowl wins were big to our program. Recruiting seems to going quite well this year but need 3 or 4 top 10 classes and not top 15 classed. Look at Alabama and their recruiting and it's easy to figure out why they are always in the top 2 teams in the nation. They have good players.

Bigboots writes:

You have to beat your rival.

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