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Dabo Swinney Becomes College Football’s Highest Paid Coach In CFB History

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 09: Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney and Clemson Tigers linebacker Ben Boulware (10) celebrate the win after the College Football Playoff National Championship game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers on January 9, 2016, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. Clemson won the game 35-31. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The trophies and rings are nice, we all love to win national championships… but Dabo Swinney is getting even more. The Clemson head coach lead the Tigers to their second title in three years and got PAID.

The Clemson Board of Trustees Compensation Committee approved a 10-year, $93-million deal for Swinney on Friday morning. Swinney holds the largest contract in college football history, eclipsing the eight-year, $74-million deal Alabama awarded Nick Saban last year.

Swinney will earn $9.25 million in the first year of the contract, including $8.25 million in total salary and $1 million for a split-dollar life insurance premium. That figure pushes Swinney ahead of all Division I bowl subdivision coaches for the 2019 season.

It will be very interesting to see is Nick Saban has any plans to get things moving in Alabama and try to get his extension to to Dabo’s numbers. Everyday it seems like we have more and more contracts that top each other, so I guess we will find out.

“I am grateful and humbled by the incredible commitment Clemson has made to me, my family and our football program,” Swinney said in a statement. “With this contract, we make a collective statement that we intend to continue pursuing championships and developing total student-athletes for years to come.”

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