Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Clemson Coach Swinney Gets Deal for $92 Million

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Clemson Coach Swinney Gets Deal for $92 Million

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Clemson coach Swinney gets deal for $92 million

Two national titles in three years have helped earn Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney the biggest contract in college football history.

University trustees approved the 10-year, $92 million deal Friday. It runs through 2028 and includes two new clauses to make sure Swinney, 49, stays with the Tigers and one of the sport's best paid coaches as long as he keeps winning.

The buyout in Swinney's contract increases significantly if he leaves Clemson to coach at Alabama, where he was a walk-on wide receiver and assistant coach in the 1990s. Swinney must pay $4 million if he leaves Clemson before the end of this year, but the buyout increases to $6 million if he coaches the Crimson Tide.

The deal also requires Swinney to be one of the three highest paid coaches in college football any season after his team makes the playoff semifinals or he can leave without penalty.

Swinney's contract is bigger than the $74 million, eight-year deal Alabama's Nick Saban has through 2025 and the 10-year, $75 million contract Jimbo Fisher signed with Texas A&M that lasts through 2027.

Vols coach Barnes gets big raise - Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes will make $26 million over the next five seasons as part of a hefty raise he will receive after speaking with UCLA about its coaching vacancy earlier this month.

Contract details obtained through a public records request show that Barnes will earn $4.7 million in the 2019-20 season and will get a $250,000 raise each of the next four seasons after that.

Barnes had been scheduled to make $17.75 million over the next five seasons -- including $3.35 million in 2019-20 -- before the contract adjustments.

The only men's college basketball head coaches earning more per year are Kentucky's John Calipari and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, according to USA Today's coaching salary database. …

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