Good news, Clemson Tigers fans. Head football coach Dabo Swinney isn’t going anywhere.
On Friday, the university’s athletic department announced an eight-year contract extension for Swinney, who last season led the program to its first national title win since 1981.
“Dabo’s impact on our football program, our university, and our community is immeasurable and goes well beyond the on-field successes and national championship,” said Dan Radakovich, director of athletics, in a statement. “This new agreement demonstrates our strong commitment to Dabo and our confidence in his leadership now — and in the future — and his long-term commitment to Clemson. We are thrilled that he and his family will be a part of the Clemson family for years to come.”
Swinney’s new contract, worth $54 million with an approximate payout of $6.75 million per year, will make him one of college football’s top-paid coaches.
“This contract makes a strong statement. It is a mutual commitment reflective of the program we have built and continue to build at Clemson,” Swinney said. “The Clemson family does so much to support our program and I couldn’t be more proud to be your head coach.”
Swinney, who joined Clemson’s coaching staff in 2003 as a wide receivers coach, was named interim coach during the 2008 football season after Tommy Bowden’s dismissal, permanently taking the position in 2009.
During his tenure as head coach, the Tigers have reached the upper echelon of college football. Over the course of nine seasons, Swinney’s Tigers have a 89-28 record. In addition to two playoff appearances and winning the 2016 national championship, the Tigers have won ACC titles in 2011, 2015, and 2016.
Swinney was awarded the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year in 2011, the ACC Coach of the Year in 2015, and the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award in 2015 and 2016, among other accolades.
Clemson opens its 2017 season against Kent State on Sept. 2 at noon in Death Valley.