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The Associated Press | January 18, 2014

Clemson coach Swinney signs eight-year contract

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Clemson coach Dabo Swinney received a new, eight-year contract on Saturday and a raise that increased his total pay for next season to $3.15 million.

The agreement had been in the works since the end of the season. The school announced the reworked contract that ties Swinney to the Tigers through 2021. Swinney's previous deal paid him a total of $2.55 million and was good through 2017.

The agreement was approved this week by Clemson University's Board of Trustees compensation committee.

Clemson had its second consecutive 11-2 season, finishing up with a 40-35 victory against Ohio State in the Orange Bowl. It was Clemson's third consecutive season with double-digit victories.

''Dabo is one of the top coaches not only in the ACC but in the entire nation,'' Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich said. ''His teams have succeeded on the field, in the classroom and in the community. We're excited to have him lead our program for a long time into the future.''

Swinney's total pay will increase by $150,000 the 20015 and 2016 seasons. Automatic raises after that will be determined by how many victories the football team has that season, starting with $100,000 increase for nine wins and up to $300,000 for 12 wins.

Should Clemson win the Atlantic Coast Conference in any of the next three seasons, Swinney's pay would jump to $3.5 million the following year.

Swinney's contract is filled with incentives, including one of $400,000 for reaching the College Football Playoff. He would also earn $75,000 if his team's APR score was over 950..

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