Swinney expected to add to his staff

Swinney expected to add to his staff

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Swinney expected to add to his staff

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By William Qualkinbush.

By William Qualkinbush

Several of Clemson’s football support staffers are expected to see substantial pay increases this season as a part of restructuring efforts that could be announced as soon as Monday, The Clemson Insider has learned.

Multiple sources have confirmed the planned raises, which have been discussed for several weeks as a way to vault the Clemson football program into a category among the nation’s elite. Both player development and graduate-level positions could be affected in head coach Dabo Swinney’s latest attempts to reward and upgrade his staff.

Change is also coming with the infusion of several additional staffers into the program. According to the university’s official website, there are five jobs currently listed that qualify as football support staff positions: director of high school relations, offensive player development, defensive player development, offensive analyst/research development, and special teams research development/analyst.

These positions are expected to be filled by quality candidates in the coming days, with announcements coming in conjunction with the increases to current staffers. This process of revamping the support staff began on June 13, when former Alabama aide Thad Turnipseed was named Director of Recruiting/External Affairs.

The university’s new fiscal year begins on Monday, July 1, making it a logical starting point for the salary increases. Several sources cited Monday as the targeted day for the announcement, but one source said some administrative issues were still pending, which could push it back a bit.

Swinney has long viewed Alabama as a model for a successful program, particularly when it comes to the deep and talented corps of support staffers enlisted by the school to assist in the day-to-day operations of Crimson Tide football. These expected moves are another part of his strategy to exalt the Tiger program into rarified air.

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