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CLEMSON— Clemson University’s Board of Trustees has approved raises for football’s 10 assistant coaches.

The 10 on-field, full-time assistant coaches will make a combined $7.095 million in 2019 — up from $6.585 million in 2018. The Clemson staff will be the highest paid in the nation.

”It was very important to Dabo as he went through and pulled all of this together, understanding the good work that they've done,” Athletic Director Dan Radakovich said Friday. "The fact that we've done a great job over the last few years of retaining the staff that's been here. There's been very little turnover and I think that helps with the culture and the environment inside the program and has helped create the outstanding results that we've had.”

The biggest change came in the pay for co-offensive coordinators Jeff Scott and Tony Elliott, both of whom received raises of $150,000 to bring their annual pay to $1 million. Defensive coordinator Brent Venables' annual salary remains at $2 million, making the Tigers the only team in the nation with three assistant coaches making more than $1 million.

"Coach Venables is a little different because most of these have been add-ons of dollars to their existing packages. If you remember last year, we did Coach Venables' contract and there was a split dollar and life insurance component," Radakovich said. "He was out on the road recruiting during January. There's a desire to move forward and extend him back to five years but it will take a little longer to understand how that mix pulls together with that additional component. We'll try to get that done at the next board meeting.

"I think we're at the top or near the top (of assistant coaches' pay). I think there are universities who are doing their compensation at the same time we are. Given the results on the field, I think that's the neighborhood we should be.”

Radakovich also confirmed that the university is currently meeting about reworking the contract of head coach Dabo Swinney.

"We've had some discussions with his representatives but as always it was very important for Coach Swinney to get the staff and everybody pulled together. Now we'll turn our attention to his contract," Radakovich said.

Coaches’ salaries for 2019

  • Defensive coordinator Brent Venables: $2 million; last year made $2.2 million (included retention bonus)
  • Co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott: $1 million; last year made $850,000
  • Co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott: $1 million; last year made $850,000
  • Safeties Coach Mickey Conn: $400,000; last year made $370,000
  • Defensive tackles coach Todd Bates: $375,000; last year made $300,000
  • Offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell: $470,000; last year made $540,000
  • Defensive ends coach Lemanski Hall: $350,000; last year made $300,000
  • Tight ends coach Danny Pearman: $505,000; last year made $480,000
  • Cornerbacks coach Mike Reed: $495,000; last year made $440,000
  • Quarterbacks Coach Brandon Streeter: $500,000; last year made $455,000

Support staff

  • Director of Strength and Conditioning Joey Batson: $600,000 ($500,00)
  • Associate AD Woody McCorvey: $350,000 ($315,000)
  • Director of Player Development Brad Scott: $260,000 ($242,500)
  • Director of Recruiting and External Affairs Thad Turnpiseed: $ 230,000 ($202,500)

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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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