Swinney, Clemson agree to six-year extension


The Clemson University Board of Trustees approved a six-year contract extension for football coach Dabo Swinney on Tuesday. The new deal, which runs through 2021, will pay Swinney $4.5 million in 2016 and increase to $5.6 million by the final year, according to Fox Carolina.

The $30.75 million contract comes just months after the Tigers appeared in the College Football Playoff National Championship game. Clemson finished the 2015 season with a 14-1 record.

“I’m excited and thankful for the opportunity to do what I love at such a great institution,” Swinney said. “We’ve built a solid foundation of success and will continue to work toward our goals of preparing young men for their future and being successful in everything we do.”

Swinney was the 2015 ACC Coach of the Year.

“This new contract was important for us not only for what Dabo has accomplished in his eight seasons here but for what we know the program will continue to achieve — both on and off the field — for the foreseeable future,” Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich said.