Clemson signs football coach Dabo Swinney to eight-year deal

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Clemson, SC, United States (4E Sports) – Clemson announced that head football coach Dabo Swinney has signed a fresh eight-year deal worth $27.15 million, keeping him with the Tigers through the 2021 season.

The deal, which was approved by the Clemson University Board of Trustees Compensation Committee, will give Swinney a $3.15 million salary in 2014, up from the $2.2 million he earned this past season.

“I’m extremely excited and appreciative for the opportunity to continue to build our program under the leadership of President Jim Clements and our athletic director Dan Radakovich,” Swinney said in a statement.

“The future of Clemson University is extremely bright and the future of our football program is as well. While we have accomplished many goals, we still have several out there to reach and we will continue to work to get there,” he added.

The university also allotted more money for Swinney to pay his assistants and has a $5 million buyout if he decides to leave Clemson during the first three seasons of the deal.

Swinney has scheduled pay raises of $3.3 million in 2015 and $3.45 million starting in 2016. If Clemson wins the ACC championship in 2014, 2015 or 2016, his salary will jump to $3.5 million the following year.

He has the opportunity to earn even more based on incentives, ranging from bowl appearances to a spot in the upcoming College Football Playoff.

“Dabo is one of the top coaches not only in the ACC but in the entire nation,” Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich said in a statement. “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, headed into his sixth full season as coach, went 51-23 at Clemson, including 33-12 in the ACC. The Tigers have won 10 or more games in three straight seasons, the first time that has happened at the school since 1988-90.

Swinney led the Tigers to back-to-back 11-win seasons and a first BCS win, over Ohio State in the Discover Orange Bowl earlier this month.

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