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Clemson gives its coaching staff raises for 2018 season, led by a $2 million salary for Brent Venables

Clemson did not win the national title in 2017, but it was still a successful campaign in Death Valley East. The Tigers claimed a third consecutive ACC championship and made a third straight College Football Playoff trip -- and then returned their entire best-in-the-nation defensive line and signed one of the best pound-for-pound recruiting classes in the modern era of recruiting.

The 2018 season should be another good one for Clemson, and the Tigers' coaching staff will be paid to deliver.

Clemson's Board of Trustees on Thursday approved raises across the board for Clemson's 10 on-the-field assistants, representing a 15 percent increase from the 2017 staff (which includes the hiring of one extra assistant).

All salary figures are courtesy of the Charleston Post & Courier.


2017 Salary

2018 Salary


Defensive coordinator Brent Venables

$1.7 million

$2 million

$300,000 (17.6%)

Co-offensive coordinator/RBs coach Tony Elliott



$50,000 (6.25%)

Co-offensive coordinator/WRs coach Jeff Scott



$50,000 (6.25%)

Offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell



$25,000 (4.85%)

Assistant head coach/special teams coordinator/TEs coach Danny Pearman



$20,000 (4.35%)

QBs coach/Recruiting coordinator Brandon Streeter



$25,000 (5.81%)

Cornerbacks coach Mike Reed



$20,000 (4.76%)

Safeties coach Mickey Conn



$20,000 (5.71%)

Defensive tackles coach Todd Bates



$50,000 (20%)

Defensive ends coach Lemanski Hall





$5.725 million

$6.585 million

$860,000 (15.02%)

The bonus structure is identical for all 10 on-the-field assistants, ranging from $10,000 for a fourth straight ACC title game appearance to $85,000 for winning a second national title in three years.

Venables is also eligible for an extra $50,000 if Clemson ranks among the top 10 defenses nationally and $100,000 for ranking in the top five.