Dabo Swinney led Clemson to wins over Alabama and Ohio State in the College Football Playoff last season as the Tigers captured their first national title since 1981 and because of it he was rewarded with a new eight-year, $54-million deal.
This deal replaces the six-year, $30.75-million contract Swinney had signed back in April 2016. Swinney is one of the best coaches in college football, but he’d been getting paid more like a top-15 coach than the top-four coach he currently is, but with this new contract he is now the third best paid college football coach.
“Dabo’s impact on our football program, our university and our community is immeasurable and goes well beyond the on-field successes and national championship,” athletic director Dan Radakovich said in a statement. “This new agreement demonstrates our strong commitment to Dabo and our confidence in his leadership now – and in the future – and his long-term commitment to Clemson.”
“This contract makes a strong statement,” Swinney said. “It is a mutual commitment reflective of the program we have built and continue to build at Clemson.”
The Tigers begin their title defense Sept. 2 versus Kent State.