MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - A source close to the football program told The Post and Courier a contract extension for head coach Dabo Swinney has been "in the works" for six months, and is expected to be announced soon.

The Clemson Insider reported earlier this week it is an 8-year extension for Swinney, who currently is under contract through the 2017 season. An 8-year extension would merely extend his current deal four extra seasons, through the 2021 season.

Swinney has been rumored to be a candidate for jobs such as Texas, which has been reported to be ruled out by UCLA's Jim Mora and Baylor's Art Briles.

Discussions of offensive coordinator Chad Morris and defensive coordinator Brent Venables contract extensions or raises are not yet known, according to the source. Athletic director Dan Radakovich is declining comment on coaching contracts until after the Orange Bowl.

Seckinger good to go

After rolling his ankle at Tuesday's practice and missing Wednesday's session, tight end Porter-Gaud product Stanton Seckinger has recovered to make his 11th start of the season.

Seckinger leads Clemson tight ends with 19 catches, 230 yards and three touchdowns.

Watson gets the start

Junior Grady Jarrett will make his 13th start of the season at defensive tackle, while his running mate rotated all season long. On Friday, it is fellow junior Josh Watson, who will make his fifth start of the season (but no two were consecutive.)

Watson briefly announced he was leaving the football program on Nov. 20, but four days later changed his mind and decided to return for his senior season. Watson earned his degree in sociology at Clemson's graduation Dec. 19.