Clemson's Dabo Swinney is now earning the second-most per year in college football with $11.5 million a season.

Clemson approves new $115 million contract for Dabo Swinney

Clemson’s Dabo Swinney now earns the second most per year in college football at $11.5 million per season.

by David Hood

Senior Writer

CLEMSON – Clemson Board Compensation Committee Approved New Contract For Head Football Coach
Dabo Swinney this will make him the second highest paid coach in the nation behind Nick Saban of Alabama.

Swinney was seven years old and $66 million remaining on the 10-year, $93 million deal signed in 2019. The new contract will be for $115 million over 10 years, an average annual salary of $11.5 million per year. The contract will start at $10.5 million this year and increase to $12.5 million in the final year of the contract, which will be the 2031 season.

“It’s hard to believe this is my 14th full season as a head coach, and I remain eternally grateful and honored to have the opportunity to continue coaching and developing young people from excellence at Clemson.” Swinney said in a press release. “This agreement is representative of what has been built collectively here and of the success we have had both academically and athletically. It is a reflection of the ALL IN commitment of so many, including our players, staff, fans, administration and university leadership. While I am certainly proud of our accomplishments on the ground, the most rewarding part is the relationships forged within this program and the ability to positively impact those around us.

The contract is the second after Saban, who recently signed a $93.6 million contract extension for the 2030 season.

The contract schedule follows a market change from the 2019 contract. In addition to Saban’s contract, new Southern Cal head coach Lincoln Riley has a contract worth approximately $110 million. . . He will earn a total of $112.5 million during his 10-year extension.

At Ohio State, Ryan Day recently reached an agreement on a contract extension through the 2028 season that will pay him an annual salary of $9.5 million after a raise and a two-year extension. Day’s compensation was announced by the State of Ohio in May. Day’s annual salary matches what the state of Michigan agreed to pay Mel Tucker late last year. Penn State’s James Franklin also got a big raise under an extension worth $7 million a year.

Clemson had extra funds after losing both coordinators last season – Tony Elliott and Brent Venables were making more than $2 million a year, saving the school money after giving raises to the new offensive coordinator Brandon Streeter ($925,000 annually) and defensive coordinator Wes Goodwin ($850,000 annually).

“I appreciate the leadership of Chairman Jim Clements, our Board of Directors and Athletic Director Graham Neff,” Swinney also said in the press release, “and am grateful for their continued confidence in me as well as for their unwavering commitment to the future of Clemson Football. Our core mission remains unchanged: to graduate our players, equip them with the tools they need for life, provide them with a great college experience and win championships. I don’t take it for granted. the undying love and support of the Clemson family and their belief in our program to carry out this mission every day.It is a blessing to be your head coach and to call Clemson our home.

“I am grateful for the Board of Trustees’ support of President Clements to ensure we can continue to build on a strong foundation, as Clemson’s football and Coach Swinney’s leadership is a key driver for our university,” said Clemson AD Graham Neff in the news. Release. “The impact of Coach Swinney and his family on our community and our department cannot be underestimated, and his national success and stability is truly rare. It’s critical that Clemson continue to invest in our football program and ensure that our head coach stays at Clemson for a long, long time. The best is yet to come.”

At the start of his previous contract, Swinney ranked No. 1 in college football coaching salaries, but was expected to earn No. 8 in 2022 before the new deal.

It was part of that previous contract that there would be a look at some point to keep Swinney’s salary in the top 3 nationally.

Swinney is one of two active coaches to have won multiple national championships (Saban is the other). Swinney led Clemson to national championships in the 2016 and 2018 seasons, and trails only Frank Howard for the most wins by a head coach in Clemson history. He has a 151-36 overall record, including 92-19 in ACC play. He won six ACC championships, led the Tigers to six college football playoffs and four national championship games overall.

“Over the past 20 years, Coach Swinney has had a profound impact on our football program, our university, and the entire Clemson area community. The culture of success and achievement he instilled in our student-athletes, both through victories on the court and academic accomplishments, is truly remarkable,” Clemson President Jim Clements said in a statement. Press release. “I am thrilled that Dabo, Kathleen and their family will be part of the Clemson family for years to come.”

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