Clemson and Dabo Swinney agreed a $ 10 million 10-year deal on Friday, making it the biggest deal in the history of college football.
Swinney, who has won two national championships with the Tigers, is on par with the same average salary as Alabama coach Nick Saban. Both are set at an average of $ 9.3 over their respective deals.
Swinney, who started his Clemson coaching career in 2008 as an interim coach, has led a notable rise for a school that had a national championship in its history before taking on Tommy Bowden.
With his folksy charm and culture focused on his all-in mentality, Clemson has developed into a force in college football that shows no signs of letting go of the 2019 season as a heavy favorite to return to get into the college football playoffs.
Swinney's first deal as a full-time head coach at Clemson when he was promoted to the end of the 2008 season by then-AD Terry Don Phillips gave him $ 800,000 a year.
"He overpaid me," Swinney joked with ESPN on Friday.
Swinney will receive $ 8.25 million in the first two years of the new deal, earning a total of $ 10 million in 2028, the final year of the deal.
"I am grateful and ashamed of the incredible commitment Clemson has given me, my family and our football program," Swinney said in a statement. "For more than a decade, we have given everything to offer this world-class university and our incredible fans the championship football program they deserve – to be the best is the standard.
" With this contract, we make it one collective statement that we intend to continue to pursue the championships and to develop students and athletes for the years to come. Our continued continuity in vision, people and culture has been an integral part of our success on and off the field. I'm grateful for the leadership we have at Clemson and I appreciate everything they do for Clemson Football. I'm really blessed to be your Head Football Coach.
If Swinney moved to another head coach position in the first two years of his deal, the buyout would be $ 4 million, but the buyout would increase to $ 6 million, leaving for Alabama in the next two years, and there is no buyout when he goes to an NFL job.
"Dabo's leadership of our football program has not only brought value, fame, and unprecedented success to our athletics program, but to the entire university," said Clemson Sports Director Dan Radakovich in a statement.
"He has demonstrated the ability to consistently deliver peak performance both on and off the field, and he has done so with a commitment to integrity and commitment Core Principles. This new agreement is a testament to Clemson's commitment to Dabo and our football program, and we are delighted that he and his family will be part of our community in the years to come. "
Swinney enters his 17th full season at Clemson, including his assistant coach from 2003 to 2007. His 116 head coach victories at Clemson rank second.
Meanwhile, Radakovich agreed to extend the contract until June 30, 2024 He is expected to earn $ 1.2 million for the 2019-20 sporting season, which rose to $ 1.4 million in the last year of the deal.
Chris Low of ESPN contributed to this report.