CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Clemson coach is getting a hefty raise after winning the national championship.
The university announced Friday its Board of Trustees approved a new 8-year, $54 million contract for Swinney. The deal pays Swinney $6 million this season, has $3.2 million in signing bonuses in three installments and includes a $6 million buyout until the end of 2018.
Clemson athletics director Dan Radakovich says the school thought Swinney earned a salary similar to the other three active coaches with national championships. Only Alabama's Nick Saban and Michigan's Jim Harbaugh will be paid more this year.
Swinney was paid just over $4.5 million in 2016 before his team beat Alabama to win Swinney's first national championship.
He was paid $800,000 in in first full season with the Tigers in 2009.
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