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CLEMSON -- New defensive coordinator Brent Venables will receive a multi-year deal from Clemson that will pay him close to $800,000 per season.

Other terms of the deal are not immediately known. Venables earned $440,000 last season as the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma. He replaces Kevin Steele, who made $675,000.

A Clemson spokesperson said Venables could be introduced at the school as early as today, depending on completion of a background check.

Clemson will have two coordinators whose combined salaries will eclipse $2 million, the highest combined coordinator pay in the country. Offensive coordinator Chad Morris is the nation's highest paid assistant with a deal paying him $1.3 million annually. Clemson paid its entire coaching staff $2.7 million in 2009.

Dabo Swinney confirmed the hiring of Venables late Wednesday night.

Venables told an Oklahoma radio station Thursday the Sooners made him a counter-offer that would have paid him about the same amount that Clemson offered, but he was drawn to the rich recruiting grounds of the Southeast, and perhaps a better pathway to becoming a head coach.