Clemson has become a powerhouse thanks to the defensive wizardry of Brent Venables, and the school is rewarding him with an enormous deal.


Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports reports Venables will sign a five-year contract worth $11.6 million. According to Thamel, it’s the largest known contract for a college football assistant coach.

Venables arrived at Clemson in 2012 and within two seasons had turned his defense into an elite unit. In each campaign since 2014, the Tigers have ranked top 10 nationally in yards allowed per game.

That superiority has helped the program secure three straight ACC championships and one national title. Clemson has reached the College Football Playoff in each of those campaigns, as well.

Previously, LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda held the title of highest-paid assistant coach.