Dabo Swinney is the head coach at Clemson, and it’s going to stay that way. For a long time.
On Friday morning the Tigers announced that the man who led them to the national championship last season has signed an eight-year contract extension. The new deal will run through the 2024 season.
JUST ANNOUNCED || Clemson & Coach Dabo Swinney agree to new eight-year contract!
— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) August 25, 2017
The extension, which will pay $54 million over the eight seasons, makes Swinney the third-highest paid coach in the country behind Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh and Alabama’s Nick Saban. He’ll make $6.75 million per year. Here’s a look at the full breakdown of his extension.
Dabo's term sheet summary pic.twitter.com/efv2qeY9Ct
— Grace Raynor (@gmraynor) August 25, 2017
This extension dispels the ambitious rumor that Texas A&M could scoop up Swinney to replace Kevin Sumlin if he were to be fired.
However, it is very much worth noting that Swinney’s buyout in the new deal begins at $6 million in 2017 but then drops steadily through its duration. After the 2022 season, it sits at $1 million, leaving the door open for him to return to his alma mater and coach at Alabama. Saban at that point will be over 70 years old.
Swinney has had some high-profile matchups with the SEC during the last couple seasons, splitting in a home-and-home with Georgia, beating Auburn, winning three straight against rival South Carolina, and of course the two thrilling College Football Playoff National Championship games against Alabama, falling in 2016 before lifting the trophy in 2017.
Swinney and his Tigers will first take on the SEC this season when they host Auburn on Sept. 9.
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