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Clemson extends Dabo Swinney’s contract

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Back in late May, JT noted that a contract extension deal for Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was in its final stages of completion. Just a couple of weeks later, Swinney finally has the deal — in principle — that has been in the works for months.

The school announced in a release today a three-year extension for Swinney that will keep as head coach through 2017, which just so happens to be the length of offensive coordinator Chad Morris‘ deal with the school. The terms of Swinney’s agreement include yearly compensation of $1.965 million per year plus performance incentives and escalators. Swinney’s previous deal ran through 2014 and is scheduled to pay him $1.9 million in 2012.

In all, salaries to Swinney and Morris will total roughly $3.25 million annually. Additionally, seven of Swinney’s assistants received raises totaling $450,00 earlier this year, with 60 percent of that money coming from Swinney himself through a clause in his contract.

“This contract reaffirms our commitment to Coach Swinney and his staff,” said Clemson Board of Trustees Chairman David Wilkins.  “We look forward to our football program winning many more ACC Championships under his direction.”

“This shows a great commitment on the part of David Wilkins and the Board of Trustees, President Jim Barker and Terry Don Phillips,” said Swinney.  “I am very appreciative of their confidence in the program and my staff.”

Clemson finished 10-4 last season with an appearance in the Orange Bowl, the school’s first in three decades.

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27 Responses to “Clemson extends Dabo Swinney’s contract”
  1. thegamecocker says: Jun 7, 2012 6:21 PM

    Dabo has ALOT of growing up to do! He’s a sore loser and if Clemson ever is accepted to a “big boy” league like the Big 12, Dabo and is staff will see what getting their arses kicked week-in / week-out. As it is, they have one really tough game a year: and THE University of South Carolina owns them! Yes Clemson, you can strive for more ACC Championships so that you can play the Big East Champion every year. BTW, what was that score last season? 70-33…..the most points ever scored in a BCS game and Clemson has the dubious distinction of being on the losing end! Nice one Dabo! Then you fire half the staff and you get a raise! I gotta laugh…but oh yea, you gave part of your raise to your assistants. Stupid is as stupid does.

  2. alligatorsnapper says: Jun 7, 2012 6:24 PM

    The Clemson Board of Trustees obviously think Dabo and staff deserve it. They are taking Clemson in the correct direction, though with the success they have experienced, there will come even greater expectation of success, or expectation of greater success by Clemson fans. While this economy is difficult to many, it appears it is not for FBS schools’ athletic departments, so the college football coaches’ salaries continue to climb.

  3. thegamecocker says: Jun 7, 2012 6:43 PM


    Perhaps you missed my opening comment about the 70-33 score in the BCS (Orange Bowl) in 2012. Do you remember now? It’s where Dabo and the Kittens got whupped by the West Virginia Mountaineers. Or should I mention the 31-13 pasting the South Carolina Fighting Gamecocks put on Clemson last November? Dabo does not know when to keep his mouth SHUT! He is a terrible example for sportmanship to EVERYONE in the State of South Carolina. Remember when the moron said Clemson was THE university of south carolina? Ask Dabo’s son Jonkybon about it. I think Dabo tucks little Jonky in at night!

  4. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Jun 7, 2012 7:00 PM

    Regardless of what your feelings and opinion about Clemson maybe, you have to admire Coach Dabo for his gesture and commitment to his staff, the more I read about his contract the more I like him. As a former server and bartender I hated people who gave me verbal tips.

  5. rajuncajun28 says: Jun 7, 2012 8:09 PM

    Day-bow is such a loser…faux tigers…faux death valley….LSU rules, loosahs…

  6. bradentonbuc says: Jun 7, 2012 8:14 PM

    This is a red letter day in Gamecock land!

  7. kozbee says: Jun 7, 2012 9:38 PM

    Dabo and Clem were on the magic carpet ride last season then at season end just like always they look for ways to lose.Sure glad thats the gamecockers team more then mine.J/K.And where ever the Clem Tigers land the team will always have a cellar dweller.

  8. acieu says: Jun 7, 2012 10:06 PM

    Five more years of mediocrity assured. Thanks
    For extending Dabo the Clown

  9. Deb says: Jun 7, 2012 11:06 PM

    Congratulations, Dabo!!

    Sorry, thegamecocker. Knew Dabo when he was at Bama. Nice guy. I’m happy for him.

  10. thegamecocker says: Jun 8, 2012 8:11 AM


    Away from his job, I’m sure Dabo is a nice enough chap because I trust your excellent judgement and respect your opinion. My comments are directed at him strictly in his role as Head Coach at Clemson and his projected public persona. He made comments reacting to ALLEGED comments made by Coach Spurrier. He found out later those comments were not made by South Carolina’s Head Coach, but rather by the color analyst, Todd Ellis. I lost much respect for Dabo as a result. Thank you for your sensitivity in your comment above. Deb, when the Missouri Tigers play the Alabama Crimson Tide in any sport including debating , which team are you going to root for?

  11. jonkybon says: Jun 8, 2012 8:19 AM

    Please…anything Dabo or anybody else from Clemson said or says would have the same insecure burgandy and black Jailcock fans up in arms. Shamecock fans think they have something and don’t see what the rest of the world does. No discipline, a has been coach riding his past and a schedule afraid to play decent teams with their three non committed games. With UGA back, Florida on the way and Mizzou, the Chickens will be lucky to finish .500 this year. Their crap (compared to the three SEC East schools mentioned) 2012 and 2013 recruiting will make beating Vandy and UK a challange. But run your mouths little chickens…IT’S ALL YOU HAVE!

    SC just finished their two best consecutive seasons ever and were 4-6 against teams with winning records on game day. PATHETIC

  12. thegamecocker says: Jun 8, 2012 8:38 AM

    Oh, Hey Jonkybon:

    I see the bait trapped you again! Always fun sparring with you son. But, please take that blood pressure medication before you scribe and/or read posts about Clemson or it’s “satellite school” located in West Georgia known as Auburn. Was in Columbia last weekend….yea, I think you know where I’m headed with this…..THE University of South Carolina knocked out Jack Leggett and the “Tig’s” in the Super Regionals. We even let you guys be the Home team in the second game! (LOL) Were you there? Took 2 straight from Y’all! It was a beautiful thing to see. Hope you caught a glimpse. But I digress….in the spring game at U. of West Virginia, the Mountaineers put “Clemson” as the visiting team to create a sense of confidence for their offense. Since they were actually playing against 1st & 2nd team players in this game, the score was much closer than the BCS Orange Bowl where CLEMSON’S DEFENSE YIELDED A RECORD 70 POINTS! I told you to take those meds before reading this….don’t blame theGamecocker if you become ill son! It’s not like I didn’t warn ya. Why don’t we meet for lunch or dinner sometime. There’s a place in 5-points that’s terrific! And the Carolina “women’s” are beautiful….it’d be a new calming experience for ya. Peace out! thegamecocker

  13. jonkybon says: Jun 8, 2012 9:55 AM


    You’re a legend in your own mind.

    Like 99% of America I could care less about college baseball. There is a reason more people attended the Shamecock spring football game then the regional baseball championship game. ITS BECAUSE NO ONE CARES! So your team is really good at it, but that doesn’t translate to your corrupt football program (two probations in seven years). Not sure why they didn’t get the death penalty. Probably paid off the NCAA again.

    Clemson’s defense did suck last year. Tackling was a wish and a prayer. Hopefully Venebles will right that ship and Clemson will compete for the National title.

    I might just be in Columbia Tuesday. As for the women, I found the diamond in a girl from Florence. We’ve been married 20+ years and have never felt the urge to wander.

  14. jonkybon says: Jun 8, 2012 10:03 AM

    thegamecocker if your serious about a face to face over a meal, drop me a line. My email is

  15. thegamecocker says: Jun 8, 2012 10:24 AM


    Thanks for civil reply. Regarding Super Regionals attendance, Carolina Baseball Stadium capacity is about 9,000. If you noticed, people were actually sitting in the grassy knoll section which means the PLACE WAS FULL!! In addition, the games were on ESPNU as well and we know countless TV sets were watching. Coach Tanner has such a great program, people are astonished how we win our games. They are very exciting to watch…even on TV! Now I know you were wishing for the “Death Penalty” for Carolina football. And truth be told, we might have deserved more harsh penalty. However, when the NCAA gives “Scam Newton” a reprieve, and Ohio St a little slap, what did you expect. Seeing how “out of control” you sometimes appear, I will be cautious about connecting with you via E:Mail. However, when I do reach out to you, I will give you a week’s notice as to when I will be in Columbia next. I think that is fair.

    In all SINCERITY and RESPECT, I am sure your Wife of 20 years is a great partner. I wish you and her long life and good health. Like I say to friends relative to the great looking Carolina Women’s, “I read the menu, but do not place an order.” Now you have a great day. Back to work for thegamecocker! Peace Out!

  16. nicksabansanahole says: Jun 8, 2012 12:29 PM


    you should read up about class before you open your mouth again. I know its no a word usually associated with Cock fans but you really should at least look it up. Dabo Swinney has more class in his pinky finger than the entire cock nation. He graduates his players and wins games including a conference title. he teaches young men more about life than most coaches. I would trade a few wins for the respect that he deserves. Besides, Clemson is on the upswing and Scar peaked last year. Spurrier doesn’t care that if his players don’t make it in the NFL then they will be pumping gas in 5 points. Cock nation is a joke and you prove it every time you open your moth. Have a great weekend and good luck in the Super Regionals.

  17. Deb says: Jun 8, 2012 12:44 PM

    @thegamecocker …

    I can understand your frustration. I was born a Tide fan long before choosing the best college for my major–Mizzou. Thankful they won’t be playing often and hope Missouri makes a good show of it … but I’m rooting for the Tide! 😀

  18. thegamecocker says: Jun 8, 2012 12:54 PM


    Ah, an AUBURN fan! You’re such a little putz it isn’t funny. You cannot even spell or write sentences correctly, you moron. Go back and re-read your post: “I know its no a word…”; “you open your moth.”

    Look, my Wife is teaching “English as a second language.” I suggest you sign up. Is Auburn in the Super Regionals….oh, oh, that’s right….they were not even invited to the SEC Playoffs! Write me again after you take the course.

  19. thegamecocker says: Jun 8, 2012 12:57 PM


    I still luv ya! I too like the Tide except when they play South Carolina.

  20. nicksabansanahole says: Jun 8, 2012 1:19 PM


    excuse me sir for not completing the word “not” and leaving out the u in mouth but that’s all you got in response? a personal attack on spelling. You are pathetic, son. That’s right you can call me daddy from now on. You are just like the rest of Cock nation. You all suffer from little big man’s disease because you will always be the little boy compared to Clemson and the rest of the SEC. Good day sir. And no I am not an Auburn fan but I would be if they were playing Scar.

  21. jonkybon says: Jun 8, 2012 3:07 PM


    Without trying to instigate, are you bi-polar?

    You offer an olive branch and suggest we get together to break bread. I suggest that I’m not from Columbia, but will be there Tuesday and would be willing to meet on your terms. I further reach out to you by offering my email so that we don’t allow everybody access to personal information. You take that offer and slap my face with it.

    BTW, you’re the one that keeps telling everyone how you bait me and I rise to it. You really do need help, but I knew that when you proclaimed yourself a Cock fan.

    Sorry for my attempt at peace. I believe I understand your true motivations and there are meds for that.

  22. thegamecocker says: Jun 8, 2012 5:00 PM


    Well, this is EXACTLY what I mean about you. You begin by stating that I am offering you an olive branch. And then in the same paragraph you state that I take your offer and slap you in the face with it.

    So am I offering the proverbial “olive branch” (look it up nicksabansanahole), or am I slapping your face? Let me state my intent was the former and not the latter. Hey, I’m a peaceful guy and would like nothing better than to reach an accord here. But the fact remains that most Clemson fans feel they are superior to South Carolina fans and have little respect for us. Our coaches are very humble and go out of their way to praise Clemson, particularly after a win. But the animosity is there and neither one of us will ignore the elephant in the room. It’s just the way it is. However, when I offer compliments to you about your Wife, that is genuine and from the heart. I’ll reach out to you sometime and if we can agree to meet, break bread, discuss status of teams, politics, life, and agree to disagree, than fine.

  23. bradentonbuc says: Jun 8, 2012 5:03 PM

    You people are all idiots. None of you have EVER stayed on topic more than 2 post or you attack each others teams and manhood, just because you can. I doubt any of you actually graduated from ANY school much less the schools you pull for. And on topic, Dabo has proven he is a CRAP coach, so good luck to the taters. Carolina 1977 GRAD!

  24. thegamecocker says: Jun 8, 2012 5:12 PM


    Carolina ’72 – Finance Major. There during the McGuire / ACC days. At that time, it was GREAT!!!

  25. Deb says: Jun 8, 2012 6:35 PM

    @bradentonbuc …

    One of my all-time favorite posts!!

    Mizzou grad, Bama fan, sis to Dabo’s old neighbor in T-Town :)

  26. bradentonbuc says: Jun 9, 2012 1:58 PM


    Now living in Florida but my one and only game this year (maybe) will be the Mizzou game. I think that being the first SEC away game for them we will have to give them a BIG, roudy welcome!

  27. Deb says: Jun 9, 2012 9:40 PM

    @bradentonbuc …

    Should be a good game!! Just got my latest issue of the alumni magazine and the cover is celebrating Mizzou’s entry into the conference. Hope they have a great season!!

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