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Clemson’s Dabo Swinney inks 10-year, $115M extension

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney smiles during his summer football camp in Clemson Wednesday, June 2, 2021.Dabo Swinney Football Camp 2021 Day One
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Clemson and football coach Dabo Swinney agreed Thursday to a 10-year extension through the 2031 season worth a reported $115 million.

Swinney, 52, has compiled a 151-36 record with two national championships since taking over midway through the 2008 season. The fifth-ranked Tigers opened the 2022 season with a 41-10 rout of Georgia Tech on Monday.

The deal, approved by the Clemson Board of Trustees on Thursday morning, makes Swinney the second-highest-paid coach in college football behind Alabama’s Nick Saban, who agreed to an eight-year, $93.6 million extension last month. Swinney will earn an average of $11.5 million per season compared to Saban’s $11.7 million.

“Coach Swinney and his family’s impact on our community and department cannot be understated, and his success and stability nationally is truly uncommon,” athletic director Graham Neff said in a news release. “It is critical that Clemson continue to invest in our football program, and ensure our head coach is at Clemson for a long, long time. The best is yet to come.”

Swinney trails only Frank Howard (165) in career wins at Clemson.

He led the Tigers to FBS national titles in 2016 and 2018 and has guided them to seven ACC championships. He is a three-time Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year (2015, 2016 and 2018).

–Field Level Media