The details of Oliver Purnell's contract "enhancement" are in, Clemson's football injury report is growing two months after spring practice, and SportSouth announced a behind-the-scenes look at Clemson football to air Thursday.
To cap a busy Monday, a Clemson official confirmed Purnell has agreed to a two-year extension through the 2015-16 season, which will increase his salary by 30 percent to $1.35 million next season.
Purnell signed a six-year deal worth $1 million per season last year.
In April, Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips said he had reached an agreement with the Tigers' men's basketball coach on a financial "enhancement."
Purnell's compensation will rank below Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina's Roy Williams, Virginia's Dick Bennett and Maryland's Gary Williams in the Atlantic Coast Conference, all of whom make at least $1.6 million per season.
While Clemson expects Purnell to be coaching the Tigers well into the next decade, the Tigers are hoping to have their top receiver and a key reserve running back at 100 percent for the opener Sept. 5.
Starting wide receiver Jacoby Ford strained a hamstring in the 100-meter final at the NCAA championships Friday in Fayetteville, Ark.
According to a program official, Ford is not in jeopardy of missing the season opener against Middle Tennessee State.
The Tigers also revealed reserve running back and Moncks Corner native Andre Ellington underwent knee surgery Friday to repair torn cartilage.
Ellington is also expected to be ready for the opener after redshirting last season.
Of the two medical issues, Ford's is of greater concern.
Of Clemson's top three receivers from last season, Ford is the only returnee.
Last season Ford hauled in 55 catches for 710 yards and four touchdowns. Xavier Dye, Marquan Jones and Terrence Ashe are in the mix to start alongside Ford but combined for a paltry 12 catches last season.
Ford's hamstring adds further uncertainty to an offense that will have a first-year starter at quarterback in either Willy Korn or Kyle Parker, and an offensive coordinator and head coach in their first full seasons.
Ford was named a first-team All-ACC candidate by Athlon and Phil Steele earlier this month. Hamstring issues can linger and Ford will no doubt be brought along slowly this summer.
Ellington was an impressive performer this spring and figures to spell C.J. Spiller this fall. The speedy Ellington rushed for 1,822 yards during his senior season at Berkeley High School.
Also on Monday, SportSouth announced a new original program — Under the Lights: Clemson Football.
A SportSouth camera and sound crew followed the Clemson team during spring practice to "capture the intensity of spring practice and highlight the traditions that surround the program'' according to a release from the network. Dabo Swinney was also fitted with a microphone, which should offer some insightful sound.
The 30-minute show debuts at 4 p.m. Thursday on SportSouth. The show will be rebroadcast at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, 9:30 p.m. June 21, 11:30 p.m. June 23 and 7:30 p.m. June 25.
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