Dabo Swinney Gets Pay Raise from Clemson

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Clemson, SC (The Greenville News) - Salaries for football coaches at Clemson University topped $4 million annually, following approval this week by the board of trustees of new contracts that included a $900,000 raise for head coach Dabo Swinney.

The 10 coaches were paid $2.6 million in 2009.

Each coach received a multi-year contract for the first time, a minimum of two years.

Details of the agreements will become available once all the contracts are signed. A summary report from the Clemson athletic department this afternoon included each coach's salary in 2009 and 2010, the term, supplemental income and total compensation.

Swinney's increase was the result of the team's Atlantic Coast Conference Division championship in his first season. His contract called for him to be paid the median salary among ACC coaches in the event Clemson won an Atlantic Division title.

His five-year contract included a base of $245,000 with $1,500,000 guaranteed outside income. Coaches are paid from funds raised by the athletic department principally through ticket sales, donations and conference allocations.

"We were pleased with the performance of the Clemson football program under Dabo Swinney this past season and feel the new salaries reflect these accomplishments, and give our program the opportunity to reach higher goals in the future," athletic director Terry Don Phillips said in a statement.

"We won the ACC Atlantic Division Championship for the first time, finished in the top 25 of the Associated Press Poll, and the program is in good shape in all other phases, most importantly, academics.

"During the offseason a number of our coaches were pursued by prominent programs in other conferences. We feel it is important to have continuity within the staff.

"When Clemson won three straight ACC Championships from 1986-88, we had the same coaching staff all three years. When Florida State was among the top programs in the nation in the 1990s, it had consistency within its staff."

Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele is the highest paid assistant coach with an annual salary of $575,000. Steele, pursued by the new coaching staff at his alma mater the University of Tennessee, received a four-year contract.

Each of the others were two-year deals.

Co-defensive coordinator Charlie Harbison received a $75,000 increase to $325,000 annually. Offensive coordinator Billy Napier was increased $75,000 to $275,000 annually. Defensive line coach Dan Brooks received a $50,000 increase to $210,000. Offensive line coach Brad Scott $15,000 to $220,000, offensive line coach Danny Pearman $20,000 to $210,000, running backs coach Andre Powell $20,000 to $180,000, defensive line coach Chris Rumph $20,000 to $180,000 and receivers coach/recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott $20,000 to $130,000.

"The overall compensation for our coaching staff is well within the upper tier in the ACC," Phillips said.

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