Venables, Clemson assistants receive raises

Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables speaks to Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware (10) while the pair stretch during the first day of Spring practice on Wednesday.

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Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables speaks to Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware (10) while the pair stretch during the first day of Spring practice on Wednesday.

COLUMBIA — Clemson will pay its football assistants $4.42 million next season and they have contracts that lock up coach Dabo Swinney's staff for the next two years.

The contracts were released Tuesday to The Associated Press.

Offensive coordinator Chad Morris was the only assistant who did not have his deal redone and he remains Clemson's highest-paid at $1.3 million a season.

Defensive coordinator Brent Venables will make $875,000 in salary and compensation next season, a raise from the $800,000 he'd earned his first two years at Clemson since coming over from Oklahoma.

Defensive ends coach Marion Hobby, also co-defensive coordinator, is the next highest-paid assistant at $400,000 after receiving a $25,000 raise in his two-year deal.

Defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks, offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell and tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Danny Pearman will each make $340,000 next fall.

Defensive backs coach Mike Reed will make $285,000 next fall, receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott will earn $275,000 and running backs coach Tony Elliott will make $265,000.

Seven assistants were given deals that expire on January 31, 2016 while Venables' contract is through January 2017.

Morris' contract has four seasons remaining. He's free to leave for a head coaching position without financial penalty, but he would have to repay 25 percent of the remaining compensation on the deal — which right now is $1.3 million — should he depart for another college coordinator job.

At one time, Morris had been the highest paid assistant in the game. But Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart received a raise that pushed his salary to $1.385 million.

Morris was linked to head coaching searches at Texas Tech, North Carolina State, Louisville and Vanderbilt the past two years, but has remained at Clemson.

The assistants all received similar opportunities for bonuses based on Clemson's season, ranging from $10,000 apiece should the Tigers qualify for the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game to $85,000 each if the team wins the new College Football Playoff title.

Clemson went 11-2 for a second straight season in 2013, defeating Ohio State 40-35 in the Orange Bowl to end the year and finishing eighth in the final AP Top 25. The Tigers start the season at Georgia on August 30th.

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