Dabo Swinney

Clemson’s Dabo Swinney during a time out in the South Carolina game, after which he expressed displeasure at some fans’ assessment that the win over the Gamecocks felt like a loss because of the number of points scored against the Clemson defense.

CLEMSON--Clemson University’s Board of Trustees had a busy Friday, as they approved new contracts for football head coach Dabo Swinney, defensive coordinator Brent Venables, women’s basketball coach Amanda Butler and Athletic Director Dan Radakovich.

Radakovich agreed to a contract extension that runs through June 30, 2024. Radakovich is set to make $975,000 for the 2018-19 year. That number increases in the 2019-20 year to $1.2 million and jumps an additional $50,000 the following year. In 2021-22, Radakovich will make $1.3 million, $1.35 million in 2022-23 before making $1.4 in the final year of his contract.

Butler agreed to a new five-year deal, the terms of which were not disclosed, after leading the Tigers to the first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2002 and their first 20-win season since 2001.

“I love being a Clemson Tiger,” said Butler. “A big part of why I love being at Clemson is the way that we are supported and the vision that is shared by my staff and our administration. We are really excited to continue this journey together and see how high we can climb. Go Tigers!"

Venables has a fifth year added to his contract, with the same terms as his previous contract— $11.6 million over five years.

Swinney’s new deal is a 10-year contract that will pay the head coach an average $9.3 million, $8.25 through 2020, $8.5 million in 2021 and 2022, $8.75 million in 2023, $9 million in 2024, $9.25 million in 2025 and $9.5 million in 2026 before his salary jumps to $10 million dollars in 2027 and 2028.

While his new contract is second to Alabama’s Nick Saban in terms of yearly salary, Swinney’s new 10-year $93 million dollar contract is the largest in college football history and makes Swinney the highest paid coach in terms of total contract value.

“Dabo’s leadership of our football program has brought value, exposure and unprecedented levels of success not only to our athletics program but to the entire university," Radakovich said. "He has demonstrated the ability to consistently achieve at the highest level on and off the field, and he has done so with a commitment to integrity and core principles. This new agreement is evidence of Clemson’s steadfast commitment to Dabo and to our football program, and we are thrilled that he and his family will be a part of our community for years to come.”

In addition to the raises, all 10 members of the full-time coaching staff are set to rake in more than $1 million in bonuses for their hand in leading the Tigers to their third national title in school history.

Each of the nine position coaches and coordinators all collected $10,000 for the Tigers’ appearance in the ACC Championship, $60,000 for their appearance in the College Football Playoff National Championship and an additional $25,000 for winning the game.

Defensive coordinator Brent Venables’ stellar defense also landed him bonuses to the tune of $200,000 ($100,00 for each) for his defense finishing “Top 5 Relative Defense” and “Top 5 Total Defense.”

In addition to the assistant coaches’ bonuses, head coach Dabo Swinney will end up taking home more than $1 million on his own.

Swinney earned $50,000 for winning the ACC’s Atlantic Division, $150,00 for winning the ACC Championship, $200,000 for the berth in the CFP, $200,000 for winning the semifinal game and $250,000 for their CFP National Championship victory.

He also added an additional $25,000 for winning the ACC Coach of the Year and $50,000 for winning the Bear Bryant Award.

Swinney, is also set to earn a retention bonus of $1 million if he remains the head coach through March 1. Venables is set to earn a retention bonus of $200,000.

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Zach Lentz is a Clemson University alumnus who got his start working with the Tigers basketball team from 1999-2004. Now a resident of Orangeburg County, he reports on Clemson sports as a correspondent for The Times and Democrat. He also serves as a co-host of Solid Orange, seen at 11 p.m. Wednesdays on WACH FOX 57 in Columbia.


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