CLEMSON - Defensive coordinator Brent Venables got a sizable raise, all seven position coaches enjoyed a slight bump and offensive coordinator Chad Morris - well, he couldn't be paid much more than he already was.
MONEY IN THE BANK
2014 Clemson football coach salaries
Head coach Dabo Swinney: $3.15 million
Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Chad Morris: $1.3 million
Defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Brent Venables: $875,000
Defensive ends coach/co-def. coordinator Marion Hobby: $400,000
Tight ends coach/special teams coordinator Danny Pearman: $340,000
Defensive tackles coach/associate head coach Dan Brooks: $340,000
Offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell: $340,000
Defensive backs coach Mike Reed: $285,000
Receivers coach/recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott: $275,000
Running backs coach Tony Elliott: $265,000
TOTAL: $7.57 million ($3.15m Swinney, $4.42m assistants)
Head coach Steve Spurrier: $4 million
Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward: $750,000
Offensive line coach/run game coordinator Shawn Elliott: $430,000
Receivers coach/passing game coordinator Steve Spurrier Jr.: $380,000
Quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus: $295,000
Special teams coordinator Joe Robinson: $350,000
Running backs coach Everrette Sands: $250,000
Defensive line coach Deke Adams: $300,000
Linebackers coach Kirk Botkins: $300,000
Defensive backs coach Grady Brown: $250,000
TOTAL: $7.3 million ($4m Spurrier, $3.3m assistants)
Eight of Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney's assistants have brand new contracts entering the 2014 college football season. In documents released Tuesday to The Post and Courier, athletic director Dan Radakovich approved a total increase of $270,000 among Swinney's staff salaries.
Venables, entering year three of a five-year deal after coming over from Oklahoma, is still signed through the 2017 season, but his annual base salary and supplemental compensation rose to $875,000, up $75,000 from each of his first two years as a Tiger. Venables, 44, has overseen a defensive renaissance, taking over a unit rated 71st in total defense in 2011 and crafting the No. 24 defense in 2013.
In 2013, according to USA Today's NCAA database, Venables' $800,000 salary tied for the seventh-highest nationally among coordinators. Only three coordinators - Morris, Alabama's Kirby Smart and LSU's John Chavis - earned more than $850,000.
There was no buyout stipulated, meaning if he were terminated without cause, Venables' next three years, worth $2,625,000, would be fully guaranteed minus mitigating salary from future jobs.
Morris, the highest-paid coordinator in the country, still will take home $1.3 million in his fourth year at Clemson. A hot name among head coaching prospects, Morris has four years left on his contract.
If Morris were to leave Clemson for a head coaching position, he'd owe Clemson nothing; if he left for an assistant's job, his buyout to the school is 25 percent the remainder of his contract.
All seven position coaches earned one-year extensions, keeping them tied to Clemson through the 2015 season. Dan Brooks, Robbie Caldwell and Danny Pearman each earned $30,000 raises, to $340,000 yearly; recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott ($275,000) also picked up a $30,000 increase.
Marion Hobby ($400,000), Mike Reed ($285,000) and Tony Elliott ($265,000) each were raised $25,000 per year.
In all, the nine Clemson assistants command a collective $4.42 million, an impressive rise from the staff's $1.8 million combined salaries in 2009, Swinney's first full year at the helm. In January, Swinney was awarded a four-year extension through the 2021 season, worth $3.15 million in 2014.