Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney to sign six-year deal
Clemson, SC, United States (AHN Sports) – Coach Dabo Swinney will stay with Clemson University for six more years.
A source told ESPN.com that Swinney is close to signing a new six-year deal with the Tigers. Financial details of the pact have not been released.
Clemson gave Swinney a five-year deal when they hired him as head coach in December 2008. He took over when Tommy Bowden walked away after nine-and-a-half seasons as head coach of the Tigers.
Clemson went 25-16 in Swinney’s three full seasons. The Tigers finished 10-4 last season, capped by a 70-33 loss to West Virginia in the Discover Orange Bowl on Jan. 4.
According to Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips, Swinney was expected to earn $1.9 million in 2012, which would have ranked 46th nationally.
In 2002, Swinney received an offer from Bowden, his position coach at Alabama, for him to join his staff and coach wide receivers at Clemson.
In 2003, he joined the team and took over as recruiting coordinator from popular longtime coordinator Rick Stockstill.
Swinney proved to be both an excellent wide receivers coach as well as recruiting coordinator, coaching ACC-leading receivers and being named one of the nation’s top 25 recruiters in 2007 by Rivals.com.
After taking over Bowden’s job, Swinney claimed his first victory as head as the Tigers’ head coach by defeating Boston College on November 1, 2008, breaking Clemson’s six-game losing streak against the Eagles.