Swinney not concerned about getting a new contract

GREENWOOD, S.C. — Will Dabo Swinney get a raise? Soon enough, but right now the Clemson football coach isn’t too worried about it.

Swinney told The Clemson Insider on Monday prior to the Greenwood Clemson Club’s Prowl & Growl event at The James Medford Family Event Center at Piedmont Technical College that he has not spoken with Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich about a new deal. However, Radakovich has mentioned to Swinney they may sit down and talk about it in the future.

“I signed a contract last year,” Swinney said. “My main focus this year coming in was to get some things done for the staff and the program and that was really my focus.”

He got all of those things done. Swinney’s seven returning on-field coaches received a combined $700,075 increase in salary from the year before back in February. 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.

Co-offensive coordinators Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott will make $800,000, a $157,000 raise, and received a new two-year deal.

This year Swinney netted $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 last December that will reportedly earn him $5.75 million.

“Anytime I have had a new contract, it has not been initiated by me,” Swinney said. “It has always been by them. It is just how I have always gone about things. He has mentioned to me we might sit down and talk about it, but it is not that big of a deal to me.

“If they want to sit down and talk about it we will. It is not something I am pressing for or anything like that. I love being where I am at, I have a good contract. He is conscientious of the market. That is his job. I am conscientious of my staff and things like that so I understand. There is nothing really other than that.”

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