ClemsonThe board approved a 10-year, $115 million extension for Dave Swinney, making him one of the highest-paid coaches in college football. The deal will pay Swinney $10.5 million in 2022 and work up to $12.5 million at the end of the contract, putting Swinney in the so-called “$10 million club.” Alabama Nick Saban, Georgia Kirby Smart, Ohio State Ryan Day, LSU’s Brian Kelly and Michigan State Mel Tucker.
Swinney’s average salary of $11.5 million over the next decade will make him the nation’s highest-paid coach behind Saban in August, who previously earned about $8.3 million.It’s paying him an average of $11.7 million through 2029.
“I can’t believe I am in my 14th full season as your head coach, and I will be eternally grateful and honored to have the opportunity to continue to coach and develop outstanding young men at Clemson.” Sweeney said in a statement. “This agreement is representative of the success we’ve achieved here, both academically and athletically. It’s a reflection of the commitment of so many people, including our players, staff, fans, administration, and leadership of our university. While I’m certainly proud of our accomplishments on the field, the most rewarding part is the relationships that have been created within this program and in our community.” It is the ability to positively influence those who exist.
Swinney is 151-36 since taking over the Tigers for the final seven games of the 2008 season following the resignation of Tommy Bowden. He won two national championships (2016, 2018), seven ACC titles (2011, 2015-20) and was named Coach of the Year in 2015 after leading the Tigers to an undefeated regular season and their first berth. A college football game.
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“I appreciate President Clement’s support from the Board of Trustees as we continue to build on the strong foundation of Clemson football and Coach Swinney’s leadership as a key leader for our university,” Clemson Athletic Director Graham Neff said. “The impact that Coach Swinney and his family have had on our community and department cannot be overstated, and his success and stability are unmatched nationally. Long term, the best is yet to come.”
Swinney’s contract specifies a higher buyout for the coach if he goes to Alabama. If Swinney left the Tigers for the Crimson Tide, he would have to pay 1.5 times more than if he went to another school.
Swinney played wide receiver at Alabama from 1990-92, winning a national championship with the Tide before starting his coaching career in Tuscaloosa the following year. In the year Swinney remained on Alabama’s staff through the 2000 season before joining Clemson’s staff as the wide receivers coach. Bowden remained in that role until he was named interim coach following his resignation.
“Coach Swinney has profoundly impacted our football program, our university and the entire Clemson area community over the past 20 years. The culture of achievement and success he has instilled in our student-athletes through their on-field victories and academic achievements is truly remarkable,” said Clemson President Jim Clements. Debo, Kathleen and their family will remain part of the Clemson family for years to come.”
Swinney transformed Clemson from a program struggling to stay relevant in the ACC to a consistent national power. For reference, Bowden was 72-45 from 1999-2008, never reached 10 wins in a season and never finished higher than 16th in the final AP Top 25. Top five since last AP Top 25 six straight seasons (2015-20).
He also turned Clemson into a destination program for high-profile recruits. The Tigers finished in the top-10 in the class five times under the clock and had the top-ranked running back in the Class of 2022 in Cade Klubnik in the latest recruiting cycle.