Clemson's Swinney gets 8-year deal, raise

Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney has a new eight-year contract that moves his annual salary to $3.15 million dollars. The Tigers head coach received a $600,000 raise from his $2.55 million dollar salary. His new contract has him at Clemson through the 2021 season.

The Tigers are coming off their second straight 11 win season and third straight year of ten wins or more. Clemson topped Ohio State 40-35 in the Orange Bowl.

"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."

Swinney has a 51-23 record in six seasons at Clemson, including a 33-12 mark in ACC play. His contract is fully guaranteed for the first three seasons, giving him his entire salary if he were to be fired. Earlier this week, South Carolina gave Steve Spurrier a $700,000 raise to get him over the $4 million dollar mark in guaranteed salary. Tiger Illustrated reports that Swinney gets $275,000 to distribute to his assistant coaches for raises.

"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 in a statement. "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."