Today, the Clemson Board of Trustees is set to approve new contracts for both Dabo Swinney, and defensive coordinator Brent Venables later, according to multiple reports.
Update >> A number of folks are now sharing that Dabo's deal at Clemson is for 10 years and worth $93 million! That makes him the highest paid college football coach.
A number of reports share that Swinney's buyout is $4 million, decreasing by $1 million every two years.
Interestingly, the contract includes a "buyout enhancement" if he were to leave specifically for the Alabama job, as Steve Berkowitz shares.
The general consensus seems to be that the "enhancement" is a fee on top of the buyout to leave for the Alabama job, not a discounted rate as a few reports stated upon seeing it.
So to be clear, Dabo's buyout if he were to leave through December 31, 2019 would be the $4 million buyout PLUS the $2 million Alabama enhancement fee, and that goes for each date and amount Berkowitz shares in the tweet above. In short, the enhancement fee is in addition to the base buyout amount.
Dabo has cemented himself has one of the top coaches in college football, going 116-30 overall, and 69-16 in ACC play since taking over the program back in 2008, first as the interim head coach before being named head coach moving forward into the 2009 season. The Tigers have finished among the top five in the past
Earlier this week, Dabo shared his excitement for the extension (which had been in the works for a while from the sounds of it) that Venables has earned in creating one of the most impressive defenses in college football since taking the job with the Tigers. While crafting the defense that has led the program to two national title wins in three title game appearances under Dabo, Venables has opted to stay with the program time and time again despite interest from other college football programs in him as a head coach.
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