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Clemson assistants will earn nearly $4.5 million in 2014


Clemson has locked up Dabo Swinney's coaching staff for the next two years, and the group will earn $4.42 million before incentives in 2014 according to a report by the Associated Press.

Interestingly enough, the only Clemson assistant not to sign a new contract was the highest-paid of Dabo's assistants. Offensive coordinator Chad Morris will remain on the six year, $13 million contract he signed following Clemson's 2011 ACC Championship that will pay him $1.3 million in 2014. He is now college football's second highest-paid coordinator, trailing only Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and his $1.385 million salary.

Defensive coordinator Brent Venables will receive a raise from $800,000 to $875,000 in 2014. Venables was already college football's seventh-highest paid assistant in 2013, according to USA Today's coaching salary database.

Co-defensive coordinator/defensive ends coach Marion Hobby will receive a $25,000 raise to $400,000, while defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks, offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell and tight ends coach/special teams coordinator Danny Pearmen will earn $340,000 apiece in 2014.

Next, defensive backs coach Mike Reed will net $285,000, wide receives coach/recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott will make $275,000, and running backs coach Tony Elliott rounds out the staff at $265,000.

The position coaches' contracts expire Jan. 31, 2016, while Venables' deal runs through 2017. The assistants are also eligible for bonuses ranging from $10,000 for an ACC championship appearance to $85,000 for a national championship. 

Swinney signed new eight year, $27.15 million contract in January.

Clemson is 51-23 under Swinney, and 32-8 (20-4 ACC) since 2011.