Clemson Signs Head Football Coach To $93 Million Deal

By Bill Galluccio

April 26, 2019

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney celebrates after Clemson beat Alabama 44-16 to win the College Football Playoff National Championship at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

Clemson has made a long-term commitment to Dabo Swinney, signing their head football coach to a ten-year deal worth $93 million. The total value of his contract makes it the largest ever in the NCAA, but Alabama's Nick Saban earns slightly more per year than Swinney.

Swinney has led the Clemson Tigers to two national championships in the last three years.

“I am grateful and humbled by the incredible commitment Clemson has made to me, my family and our football program,” Swinney said in a statement. “For more than a decade, we have given our all to provide this world-class university and our incredible fans the championship football program they deserve — to live up to ‘Best is the Standard.’ With this contract, we make a collective statement that we intend to continue pursuing championships and developing total student-athletes for years to come."

The deal includes a buyout that starts at $4 million, but if Swinney chooses to leave to coach for Clemson's rival Alabama, the buyout will be increased by an additional $2 million.

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