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Clemson football assistants receive combined raises over $1 million

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Clemson football assistants receive combined raises over $1 million

Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables and 21 other Clemson football coaches and staff members received raises Friday (File/AP Photo/The Independent-Mail/Mark Crammer)

CLEMSON — The Clemson compensation committee approved raises of at least 10 percent for 22 Clemson football staff members Friday, including all nine on-field assistants.

Co-offensive coordinators Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott each received 56.25 percent pay raises. Elliott and Scott each received new two-year deals that will pay them $625,000 per year.

Elliott and Scott each received $400,000 in their first full year as co-offensive coordinators, replacing Chad Morris, who made $1.3 million.

“It’s a great situation for my family,” said Elliott, who graduated from James Island High School after a rocky childhood in California and has two young sons with wife Tamika. “I think about the opportunities I’m going to be able to provide for my sons, the things I may not have had growing up in terms of an inheritance and a legacy. That’s what it means to me.”

Elliott and Scott – and new quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter – guided a unit lifting quarterback Deshaun Watson to a third-place finish in the 2015 Heisman Trophy voting and oversaw the nation’s No. 11 total offense.

Defensive coordinator Brent Venables, after receiving a contract extension following the 2014 season (when Clemson was the No. 1 total defense in Division I football), was awarded a pay raise of $75,000 Friday. His $1.35 million take from 2015 was increased to $1.425 million.

Venables was the fifth-highest paid assistant in 2015 in college football, trailing four SEC assistants.

All nine on-field assistants received raises and new two-year contracts: defensive ends coach Marion Hobby now makes $500,000 ($415,000 last year); offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell now makes $465,000 ($355,000); defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks now makes $450,000 ($355,000); tight ends coach Danny Pearman now makes $435,000 ($355,000); defensive backs coach Mike Reed now makes $400,000 ($310,000) and Streeter, also serving as recruiting coordinator, now makes $375,000 ($275,000).

In all, the nine on-field assistants will command collective salaries of $5.3 million in 2016. That figure was $4.215 million last year.

Joey Batson, director of football strength and conditioning, now makes $360,000 – a 41.7 percent increase from last year’s salary of $254,000.

Woody McCorvey, associate athletic director of football administration, now earns $270,000, assistant athletic director of recruiting Brad Scott is up to $225,080, assistant athletic director for player relations Jeff Davis was bumped to $155,802, director of recruiting and external affairs Thad Turnipseed is up to $170,000 and director of football programs Daniel Bassett now makes $86,000.

Six other non-contracted staffers, including strength and conditioning assistants Larry Greenlee ($100,000) and Adam Smotherman ($75,000) also picked up raises of at least 10 percent.

Clemson’s compensation committee consists of three trustees: committee chair Bill Hendrix, former board of trustees chairman David Wilkins and current board chairman Smyth McKissick.

Head coach Dabo Swinney’s deal is still due for restructuring this offseason, according to a source close to negotiations. In January 2014, Swinney signed an extension keeping him under contract through the 2021 season. He was paid $3.3 million in 2015 and his current contract pays him $3.5 million for 2016, which ranks just outside the top 20 highest paid head coaches in the country.

Swinney received $950,000 in total bonuses for the Tigers’ run to the College Football Playoff national championship game. The nine on-field assistants, along with McCorvey and Batson, each picked up $70,000 in bonuses for the 14-1 season.

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