Details on Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney’s new contract were released Wednesday by the University.
Swinney’s annual salary more than doubled from last season’s $800,000 to now stand at $1.75 million guaranteed for each of the next 5 seasons. His first contract included incentives that would automatically boost his contract if the Tigers were to reach the ACC Championship Game. This time around it will take an ACC Championship game victory for his contract to be altered. His salary would reach close to $2 million if the Tigers win the ACC.
Clemson announced that the new contract will increase “to an amount not less than the average total compensation for the seven most highly” paid ACC football coaches if they win the title. Swinney can accumulate other bonuses throughout the season though, earning $20,000 for a 10 win regular season, $30,000 for 11 wins, and $40,000 if the Tigers win 12. The old contract gave bonuses for eight or nine win seasons, but the new one does not. Swinney would also collect $37,500 for playing in the ACC title game, whereas he earned $75,000 in the old agreement.
Swinney’s assistant coaches also received raises this off-season, cumulatively earning an additional $495,000. His assistants currently earn a combined $2.3 million.
Swinney led the Tigers to a 9-5 record during his first full year as Head Coach, winning their first Atlantic division title along the way. The Tigers lost to rival Georgia Tech 39-34 in the ACC championship game, but went on to defeat Kentucky 21-13 in the Music City Bowl, their first bowl victory since 2005. Clemson’s 2010 season starts September 4 against North Texas at Death Valley.