Dabo Swinney Signs 8-Year Contract Extension with Clemson

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 18, 2014

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Clemson rewarded head football coach Dabo Swinney for the team's recent success with an eight-year contract extension, per Aaron Brenner of The Post and Courier of Charleston:

The athletic department announced the new contract on its website after it was officially approved by the Clemson University Board of Trustees Compensation Committee.

Athletic director Dan Radakovich praised the 44-year-old coach, saying, "Dabo is one of the top coaches not only in the ACC but in the entire nation. 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 also expressed his excitement about the new deal:

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. 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.

Clemson has gone 51-23 since the Alabama native took over the reins in the middle of the 2008 season. The program has reached another level over the past three years, winning at least 10 games in each season and picking up a pair of bowl wins.

In an era where the coaching carousel in college football seemingly never stops, it's important to give successful coaches like Swinney incentive to stay put for the long haul. Clemson hopes the new extension will do exactly that.

Ed McGranahan of The State speculated further details about the agreement, which included pay raises for the coaching staff:

A new eight-year agreement for coach Dabo Swinney should be approved Saturday by the Clemson Board of Trustees' compensation committee along with a package of raises for his coaching staff that could rank among the 10 most lucrative in college football.

The board announced a teleconference beginning at 10 a.m. to approve a package expected to exceed $8 million including $3.15 million initially to Swinney during his sixth full season as coach.

The report also notes the deal features a buyout clause of $5 million should Swinney wish to exit the contract within the first three years and will decrease from there. He will receive a $245,000 base salary with other revenue coming from licensing and supplemental income.

Swinney, who started his coaching career with Alabama before moving on to Clemson, has excelled on the recruiting trail to help elevate the program. The Tigers are currently on pace to land another top-15 class for 2014, according to 247Sports.

Having a coach who's capable of bringing in those elite classes on a yearly basis is essential to long-term success. A good staff can only go so far if it can't bring in the talent necessary to execute. Swinney has done that, elevating expectations for the Tigers in the process, and the school clearly approves of the work he's done.

Ultimately, it's those continued signs of progress that allowed Swinney to land a long-term extension.