Is a new contract for Dabo Swinney in the works?
Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich indicated following Thursday’s Board of Trustees’ Compensation meeting that he and head football coach Dabo Swinney will sit down in the near future to discuss a possible new deal for the national championship winning coach.
“At this point and time, Dabo and I will sit down at the proper time to go through that,” Radakovich said. “Our focus, as it has been the last three years, is to deal with the staff and the assistant coaches in this February meeting because the coaches’ contracts go Feb. 1 to March 31, so with this meeting here, we wanted to get that taken care of.”
And they did.
Swinney’s seven returning on the field coaches received a combined $700,075 increase in salary from the year before. Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables led the way with a $270,000 raise. It is a one-year deal worth $1.7 million overall.
Venables’ new contract ranks second nationally among assistant coaches behind LSU’s Dave Aranda, who will reportedly make $1.8 million next season as its defensive coordinator.
Venables just finished up his fifth season at Clemson where he led the Tigers to a fourth straight top-10 season in total defense. The Tigers ranked 8th nationally in total defense and 10th in scoring defense in 2016. He won the Frank Broyles Award in December as the nation’s best assistant coach.
“He in my view is the best assistant coach in the country,” Radakovich said. “He is in a good neighborhood.”
Co-offensive coordinators Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott will make $800,000, a $157,000 raise, and received a new two-year deal on Thursday.
“This is something that has been incredibly important to Dabo over the last three to four years,” Radakovich said. “Our coaches do such a great job that they are compensated at a level that is commensurate with their output and that certainly has occurred. We have an incredible staff and they should be compensated well, and I think they are.”
This year Swinney will net $6,147,700, which includes bonuses of $1.75 million for winning the national championship and academic progress. Because his current contract was approved mid-year last April, Swinney was prorated to make $4.4 million without the bonuses.
In 2017, Swinney is scheduled to make $4.8 million, then $5.05 million in 2018, $5.25 million in 2019, $5.45 million in 2020 and $5.65 million in 2021.
Clemson is likely to increase Swinney’s salary after Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher received a new contract in December that will reportedly earn him $5.75 million. Swinney ranked 12th among national coaches last year, but was to move up to eighth with the deal he received last April.
“If we need to chat, we will chat,” Radakovich said.
Fisher ranks fourth with his new deal so it is easy to think Clemson will put Swinney somewhere in Fisher’s neighborhood. Swinney is currently the lowest paid of all the national championship coaches — Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, Fisher and Bob Stoops. They all rank in the top six nationally.
Swinney is the only coach in the country ranked in the top 15 in salary whose school is ranked outside the top 35 in total revenue.
Raises for on-field coaches:
Brent Venables: $1.7 million. Last year Venables made $1.430 million, including signing bonuses
Tony Elliott: $800,000. (2-year contract). Last year, Elliott made $643,000, including signing bonus
Jeff Scott: $800,000. (2-year contract). Last year, Scott made $643,000, including signing bonus
Robbie Caldwell: $515,000. Last year Caldwell made $465,000
Danny Pearman: $460,000. Last year Pearman made $435,000
Mike Reed: $420,000. Last year Reed made $400,000
Brandon Streeter: $430,000. Last year Streeter made $375,000
Mickey Conn: $350,000. Last year Conn made $90,000 as a defensive analysis coach.
Todd Bates: $250,000 new coach (approved last week)
Joey Batson: $450,000. Last year Batson made $360,000
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