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Clemson's Swinney gets 8-year deal, raise

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 18, 2014 at 12:11 pm •  Published: January 18, 2014
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney received a new, eight-year contract Saturday and a raise that increased his total pay for next season to $3.15 million.

The agreement had been in the works since the end of the season. The school announced the reworked contract that ties Swinney to the Tigers through 2021. Swinney's previous deal paid him a total of $2.55 million and was good through 2017.

The agreement was approved this week by Clemson University's Board of Trustees compensation committee.

Clemson had its second straight 11-2 season, finishing up with a 40-35 victory over Ohio State in the Orange Bowl. It was Clemson's third consecutive season with double-digit victories.

"Dabo is one of the top coaches not only in the ACC but in the entire nation," Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich said. "His teams have succeeded on the field, in the classroom and in the community. We're excited to have him lead our program for a long time into the future."

Swinney's total pay will increase by $150,000 the 20015 and 2016 seasons. Automatic raises after that will be determined by how many victories the football team has that season, starting with $100,000 increase for nine wins and up to $300,000 for 12 wins.

Should Clemson win the Atlantic Coast Conference in any of the next three seasons, Swinney's pay would jump to $3.5 million the following year.

Swinney's contract is filled with incentives, including one of $400,000 for reaching the College Football Playoff. He would also earn $75,000 if his team's APR score was over 950.

Should the university terminate Swinney without cause this season, it would owe the coach $24 million. That figure is significantly reduced with each year of the deal.

Swinney, 44, would owe Clemson $5 million should he leave for another head coaching spot the next three seasons. That also gets reduced over the length of the contract.

Swinney came to the Tigers in 2003 as a receivers coach under Tommy Bowden and became the school's interim coach when Bowden was let go in the middle of the 2008 season. Swinney earned the fulltime job that fall, his first year's salary only $800,000.

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