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Dabo Swinney contract at Clemson

Dabo Swinney

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College: Clemson

Conference: ACC

State: South Carolina

Base compensation

  • 2017 guaranteed pay: $7,500,000
  • Total contract pay: $54,000,000
  • Contract length: 8 years
  • Start date: 1/1/2017
  • Expires: 12/31/2024


  • Retention bonus: $1,500,000 signing bonus in 2017; $1,000,000 on 3/1/19; $700,000 on 3/1/21
  • National title bonus: $250,000
  • CFP semifinal win: $200,000
  • CFP semifinal appearance: $200,000
  • Conference title bonus: $50,000 for appearing and $150,000 for winning
  • Coach of the year award bonus: $25,000 for conference coach of year; $50,000 for national coach of year
  • Academic bonuses: $75,000 to $100,000 of bonus based on team APR
  • Car: two new cars replaced every year with insurance or $1,000 monthly stipend per car
  • Tickets: 20 football tickets and 22-seat executive seat to all home games; 6 tickets to men’s basketball and baseball games
  • Golf/country club: country club membership.

Other Perks

  • Miscellaneous perks: university pays for family’s travel to away games; employer funded split dollar life insurance plan with vesting and benefits to be mutually agreed upon; he reported to school he receives security on his home in exchange for his endoresement and in 2017 will receive a $250,000 condo in return for his endorsement
  • Buyout if coach leaves for another coaching job: $6,000,000 if before 12/31/18; $4,000,000 if before 12/31/19; $3,000,000 if before 12/31/20; $2,000,000 if before 12/31/21; $1,000,000 if before 12/31/23

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