Clemson has become quite used to being the “hunted”, but had no problem talking about how hard it remains to maintain prosperity in the ACC.
The Tigers took their turn at the ACC Kickoff media event in Charlotte, Thursday, with players and Head Coach Dabo Swinney pressed about what it will take to reach a fourth consecutive ACC Championship and return to a fourth straight College Football Playoff.
Defensive End Clelin Ferrell knows the price on consistent prosperity:
Clemson Defensive End Clelin Ferrell
Both Ferrell and Offensive Tackle Mitch Hyatt decided to return to Clemson after testing the waters of the NFL Draft.
Hyatt says last year’s season-ending loss to Alabama played a big role in his return:
Clemson Offensive Tackle Mitch Hyatt
Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney received some good news Thursday morning as the school’s Board of Trustees approved a new contract for his Defensive Coordinator Brent Venables.
The leader of the Clemson defense will make $11.6 million over the next five seasons, with a $2.0 million base salary. The rest of his salary will consist of retention bonuses paid into an insurance policy after the College Football Playoff, earning $200,000 per year during the first two years, and $400,000 in the last three.
Swinney joined Will Palaszczuk at ACC Kickoff and spoke about the new contracts for Venables and Head Basketball Coach Brad Brownell, along with a variety of topics related to Clemson football:
Clemson Football Coach Dabo Swinney
Clemson begins Fall Camp at the beginning of August.