- Heather Dinich, ESPN Staff Writer
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Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has agreed in principle to a three-year contract extension that will take him through the 2017 season, the school announced on Thursday.
The extension now makes the contract six years and the yearly compensation is $1.965 million, plus performance incentives and escalators.
“This contract reaffirms our commitment to Coach Swinney and his staff,” Clemson Board of Trustees Chairman David Wilkins said in a prepared statement. “We look forward to our football program winning many more ACC championships under his direction.”
No pressure, right?
Swinney has already proven his worth, though.
Clemson has won two Atlantic Division titles in Swinney's three seasons, the first two division titles for the program since the ACC went to a division format in 2005. The Tigers have also finished in the Top 25 twice without having been ranked in the preseason. And he has lured in back-to-back top-10 recruiting classes. The future of the program looks bright -- as in, national title contender bright.
Swinney has already accomplished more in three years than Florida State has since 2005, the last time the Noles won the ACC.
Now all he has to do is beat South Carolina.