CLEMSON – Clemson’s financial commitment football continued Wednesday as the board of trustees approved $450,000 in raises for assistant coaches. Clemson’s nine assistants will make $4.2 million in 2012, a program record.
Coach Dabo Swinney will contribute $265,000 toward the raises, exercising an option in his contract to redistribute compensation he earned by winning the ACC title.
Swinney will make $1.9 million in 2012 but he could have earned $2.2 million if he elected to not to reassign a portion of his compensation.
Swinney’s contract called for his compensation to increase to the median of the top seven compensated ACC coaches if he won a conference title. Swinney earned $1.75 million last season.
“Coach Swinney has opted to invest in the stability of the program with money he earned in 2011,” Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips said. “We have a young football team returning for 2012 and 2013 and he felt it was imperative to have stability from a staff standpoint. These are all options that had been in his existing contract.”
The following are the new contract figures: defensive backs coach Charlie Harbison, $375,000; defensive line coach Marion Hobby, $375,000; defensive line coach Dan Brooks, $310,000; offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell, $310,000, running backs coach Tony Elliott, $205,000; receivers coach Jeff Scott $215,000; strength coach Joey Batson $200,000.
Coordinators Chad Morris and Brent Venables did not receive raises.
Morris received a new contract after the season one making him the nation’s highest paid assistant with a 6-year, $7.8 million deal. Venables is also one of the nation’s top 10 paid assistants, accepting a multi-year $800,000 per season contract to depart Oklahoma.