Dabo Swinney can claim yet another title: third-highest paid coach in college football by average salary behind Nick Saban and Jim Harbaugh.
Dabo Swinney Signs 8-Year Extension with Clemson
After leading the Clemson Tigers to wins over Ohio State and Alabama in the College Football Playoff last season, the Tigers captured their first national title since 1981. The Clemson Board of Trustees approved a new eight-year deal for Swinney on Friday morning keeping him as head coach through 2024. The contract will pay the National Championship coach $54 million, an average of $6.75 million per season.
“Dabo’s impact on our football program, our university and our community is immeasurable and goes well beyond the on-field successes and national championship,” said Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich. “This new agreement demonstrates our strong commitment to Dabo and our confidence in his leadership now—and in the future—and his long-term commitment to Clemson. We are thrilled that he and his family will be a part of the Clemson Family for years to come.”
Championships Pay Off
This is an increase from the six-year, $30.75 million contract he signed just last April. In 2016, Swinney received a $4.55 million salary, including an additional $1.45 million in bonuses.
According to the new contract, in 2017 Swinney’s pay will be $6 million, increasing to $6.2 million for the following two seasons. In 2020, he will be paid $6.3 million before increasing again to $6.4 million in 2021. Furthermore, the Clemson head coach will make $6.6 million over the final two years of the new deal in 2023-2024.
Alabama’s Nick Saban takes the top spot as highest paid college football coach, making $11.125 million in 2017 after signing a new contract this off-season. Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh is No. 2 on the list at $7 million, and Ohio State’s Urban Meyer is comes in fourth at $6 million.
In addition to the list, James Franklin of Penn State received a new contract this off-season making him the fifth-highest paid coach at $5.78 million, followed by Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher at $5.3 million.
“I want to thank President Clements, Dan Radakovich and his team, the Board of Trustees, and the entire Clemson family,” Swinney said. “My family and I have been extremely blessed to be part of such an incredible university and community for the past 14 years. This contract makes a
strong statement. It is a mutual commitment reflective of the program we have built and continue to build at Clemson. The Clemson family does so much to support our program and I couldn’t be more proud to be your head coach.”
Clemson opens the 2017 season on September 2 against Kent State University.