Dabo Swinney signs largest college football contract ever

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April 26, 2019 - 4:41 PM

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney celebrates in the closing seconds of a 42-35 win against Virginia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 3, 2016. Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS

(AP) — 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 stays with the Tigers and stays 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.

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