Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney is getting a new contract worth more than $30 million over the next six years.
It was approved by the Clemson board of trustees on Tuesday morning.
Swinney has a 75-27 overall record, including a 56-12 mark over the last five seasons, a 2015 ACC Championship and berth in the College Football Playoff National Championship game.
“This new contract was important for us not only for what Dabo has accomplished in his eight seasons here but for what we know the program will continue to achieve – both on and off the field – for the foreseeable future,” Clemson Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich said.
“I’m excited and thankful for the opportunity to do what I love at such a great institution,” Swinney said. “We’ve built a solid foundation of success and will continue to work toward our goals of preparing young men for their future and being successful in everything we do.”
Swinney had his 2016 salary raised to $4.55 million. He made $3.3 million this past season. His salary will rise $250,000 each of the next two seasons and then $200,000 in each of the remaining three seasons. He is set to earn $5.65 million in the 2021 season.
Swinney remains the ACC’s second-highest paid coach, behind Jimbo Fisher’s $5.15 million.
Where Dabo ranks
Based on 2015 salary numbers compiled by USA Today , Swinney becomes the eighth-highest paid head coach in college football:
1. Nick Saban, Alabama;$7.08 million
2. Jim Harbaugh, Michigan;$7 million
3. Urban Meyer, Ohio State;$5.86 million
4. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma;$5.4 million
5. Jimbo Fisher, FSU;$5.15 million
6. Charlie Strong, Texas;$5.1 million
7. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M;$5.05 million
8. Dabo Swinney, Clemson;$5 million
9. James Franklin, Penn State;$4.4 million
10. Les Miles, LSU;$4.38 million