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Clemson announces new eight-year deal for Dabo Swinney

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Coming off the continuation of one of the most successful runs in Clemson history, Dabo Swinney  — and his coaching staff — has seen his success recognized by the university.

The school announced Saturday morning that Swinney has agreed to a new eight-year contract, the terms of which were approved by the Clemson University Board of Trustees Compensation Committee.  Swinney is now signed through the 2021 season.

While no financial details were released, it had been reported that the head coach was expected to receive a bump in pay from the $2.2 million he earned in 2013 to just over $3.1 million.

“Dabo is one of the top coaches not only in the ACC but in the entire nation,” athletic director Dan Radakovich said in a statement. “His teams have succeeded on the field, in the classroom and in the community. We’re excited to have him lead our program for a long time into the future.”

The Tigers have won 10-plus games each of the past three seasons, the first time that’s happened 1988-90.  Overall, Clemson is 51-23 in the five-plus seasons under Swinney and have played in six bowls, including a pair of BCS postseason games.

As the school noted in its release, Clemson finished the 2013 season ranked seventh in the final USA Today coaches’ poll, the highest ranking in any final poll for the program since the Tigers won the national championship in 1981.

“I’m extremely excited and appreciative for the opportunity to continue to build our program under the leadership of President Jim Clements and our athletic director Dan Radakovich,” Swinney said. “The future of Clemson University is extremely bright and the future of our football program is as well. While we have accomplished many goals, we still have several out there to reach and we will continue to work to get there. Kathleen and I are looking forward to continuing to be a part of the great community of Clemson, the Upstate and the state of South Carolina.”

In addition to Swinney’s new deal, a salary pool of nearly $4.9 million was approved for the head coach’s assistants.  That’s up from $4.2 million in 2013.

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13 Responses to “Clemson announces new eight-year deal for Dabo Swinney”
  1. floridacock says: Jan 18, 2014 11:16 AM

    Fantastic news!! for Carolina

  2. classyjacklambert says: Jan 18, 2014 11:34 AM

    What are you talking about floridacock? Clemson has owned the tarheels since Dabo took over. Great coach and role model. Can’t wait to see what the future brings.

  3. canetic says: Jan 18, 2014 12:02 PM

    Extensions mean nothing. He could be gone after a year. Nice raise though. I could use a bump like that.

  4. thegamecocker says: Jan 18, 2014 12:28 PM

    Dabo Sweeney is a good coach and has learned the trait of being respectful and humble. While South Carolina has won 5 in a row, we should never take a Sweeney coached team for granted. He has respect for our program and the HBC. It’s a healthy competitive landscape for USC and Clemson. Now the CLEMSON FANS need to learn how to win and LOSE gracefully and with respect.

  5. drummerhoff says: Jan 18, 2014 12:45 PM

    “Coming off the continuation” …

    This expression is mixed, but the interest is Clemson clear.

  6. nicksabansanahole says: Jan 18, 2014 1:01 PM

    @gamecocker. I was about to agree with everything you said until you started talking about Clemson fans should learn how to lose graciously. 1. If that is not the pot calling the kettle black then I don’t know what is. 2. Give them a break, its the first time in about 5 generations that Clemson fans have had to deal with losing to SCAR.

  7. floridacock says: Jan 18, 2014 3:40 PM

    @thegamecocker Respect for our program??? BS How soon we forget. He is learning respect every one of the last 5 years, but I for one will never forget the disrespect shown by the head tater. You are correct about never taking one of his teams for granted. He has good assistants.

  8. qb757 says: Jan 18, 2014 8:37 PM

    8 years? Don’t think that’s enough time to win a game against Carolina.

  9. jonkybon says: Jan 18, 2014 10:56 PM

    I find it amazing cock lovers put so much on a non conference rivalry game. It has to be do to the fact their team has never won an SEC title and never will under the ole drunk sack.

    Dabo wins NCAA titles and a BCS bowl game, ball sack finished fourth in the SEC.

  10. clemsonstillsucks says: Jan 18, 2014 11:22 PM

    I’m thinking Jonk is Garcia.

    Congrats to Dabo, and his staff, on a well deserved raise!

    And thanks also to Jonk for verifying an earlier post…I’ll let you guess which one.

    @ Jack


  11. whydoupost says: Jan 19, 2014 8:13 AM

    Great guy and pretty good coach. May win the ACC at some point but not sure he’s the guy to get them over the bump for a national title….but that’s ok for Clemson and the state of SC in general. 10 wins and top 10 finishes are enough to keep people happy!

  12. jonkybon says: Jan 19, 2014 9:03 AM

    Why, you do know that Dabo has already won the ACC, a BCS bowl and played in a second ACC championship game?

    Dabo also is the only coach in SC that has a top 10 graduation rate, which he has done every full year he has been HC. He’s also never had a player he recruited charged with a felony or had on staff, let alone retained and gave a raise to a coach charged with a sex offense (urinating in public). Dabo has never appeared on TV or showed up to a speaking engagement plastered as Slurrier has.

    A few weeks ago when rumors had Sabin headed to Texas, Dabo was the Tide fans overwhelming choice to replace NS.

  13. onlyoneleft says: Jan 19, 2014 1:40 PM

    Hey floridacock, remember Carolina is in Chapel Hill and USC is in California.

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