Clemson surge pays off for Swinney

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney signs a contract extension through 2021.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney signs a contract extension through 2021.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney received a new, eight-year contract and a raise Saturday that increased his total pay for next season to $3.15 million.

The agreement had been in the works since the end of the season. The reworked contract ties Swinney to the Tigers through 2021. His previous deal paid him a total of $2.55 million through 2017.

The agreement was approved this week by the board of trustees compensation committee.

Clemson had its second straight 11-2 season, capped by the program's first victory in a major bowl since January 1982, 40-35 over Ohio State in the Orange Bowl. It was Clemson's third consecutive season with double-digit victories.

"Dabo is one of the top coaches not only in the ACC but in the entire nation," athletic director Dan Radakovich said. "His teams have succeeded on the field, in the classroom and in the community."

Swinney's total pay will increase by $150,000 the 20015 and 2016 seasons. Automatic raises after that will be determined by wins, up to $300,000 for 12 wins. Should Clemson win the ACC in the next three seasons, his pay would jump to $3.5 million the next year.

Cal: Former running back Jahvid Best will be a student assistant for his alma mater this season, goldenbearreport.com reported.

Cincinnati: Hank Hughes was named co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, and Jeff Koonz will coach safeties.

Louisville: Former Florida State All-American Terrell Buckley was named cornerbacks coach and former Miami standout Lamar Thomas was named wide receivers coach.

Oregon State: Luke Del Rio, the quarterback who said last week he would transfer from Alabama, will join the Beavers. The freshman is the son of Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio.

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