Clemson has agreed to a reworked, 10-year, $115 million deal with the football head coach Dabo Swinney, The Associated Press reports.
The Football Program confirmed Swinney’s agreement to a “new and improved contract” in a press release, but did not elaborate on specific financial details.
“I am grateful for the Board of Trustees’ support of President Clements to ensure we can continue to build on a strong foundation, as Clemson’s football and Coach Swinney’s leadership is a key driver for our university,” said Clemson’s director of athletics. Graham Neff. “The impact of Coach Swinney and his family on our community and our department cannot be underestimated, and his national success and stability is truly rare. It’s critical that Clemson continue to invest in our football program and ensure that our head coach stays at Clemson for a long, long time. The best is yet to come.”
Swinney’s new contract makes him second-highest-paid college football coach behind Alabama Nick Sabanwho agreed to a new eight-year, $93.6 million contract last month.
Swinney led the Tigers to two national championships, four college football playoff national championship game appearances, six college football playoff appearances, seven ACC championships and nine ACC Atlantic Division titles over the course of of his first 13 seasons with the program.
The former wide receiver has a career coaching record of 151-36, which includes an 11-7 record in bowl games and a 6-4 record in college football playoffs.
Swinney began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma in Alabama in 1993, initially working under the head coach at the time. Gene Stallingsfor whom he played from 1990 to 1992.
The Birmingham native worked as both a wide receivers coach and a tight ends coach at Alabama before joining the former Clemson head coach. Tommy Bowden‘s staff in 2003 as receivers coach before being promoted to assistant head coach/wide receivers coach in 2007, then taking over as interim head coach upon Bowden’s resignation in 2008 .
No. 5 Clemson is currently 1-0 after a 41-10 win over Georgia Tech on Monday, September 5 night.