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Clemson’s offensive coordinators join million-dollar club

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 10:18 a.m.

In this Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019,  photo, Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney along with members of the 2019 National Championship football team address the crowd during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Clemson and Virginia in Clemson, S.C. (Richard Shiro / Associated Press)
In this Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, photo, Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney along with members of the 2019 National Championship football team address the crowd during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Clemson and Virginia in Clemson, S.C. (Richard Shiro / Associated Press)
By Pete Iacobelli Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Clemson’s offensive coordinators Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott are now in the million-dollar club.

They received raises that increased their yearly salary to $1 million, giving the national champion Tigers three assistants making at least that much. The school’s board of trustees approved salary increases for several Clemson assistants and staffers Friday.

The move comes a month after Clemson completed a 15-0 season by beating Alabama 44-16 in the national championship game. Elliott and Scott each made $850,000 last season and received raises of $150,000.

They join Clemson’s defensive coordinator Brent Venables at that lofty level. Venables earned $2.2 million last season. He received a new contract last July that pays him $11.6 million over six seasons.

Venables was the only member of the staff not to get a salary increase since his deal was redone last summer.

Clemson will pay its assistants a total of $7.1 million, for now the highest total in the country. That total is up from $6.5 million last year.

Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich said it was important to head coach Dabo Swinney to reward his assistants. “There’s been very little turnover and I think that helps with the culture and the environment inside the program and has helped create the outstanding results that we’ve had,” Radakovich said.

Each assistant also had a year added to their contracts.

Radakovich said he’s reworking Swinney’s contract. Swinney, who’ll start his 11th full season with the Tigers, made $6.5 million in salary last season with another $1 million or so in bonuses for Clemson’s perfect season. Swinney is also in line for a $1 million retention payment from Clemson if he’s the coach on March 1.

Offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell received a salary increase of $30,000, upping his compensation to $570,000 for next season.

Quarterback coach Brandon Streeter, instrumental in the development of Clemson freshman passer Trevor Lawrence, will be paid $500,000 after getting a raise of $45,000.

Tight ends and special teams coach Danny Pearman will make $505,000 next season after his raise of $25,000.

Cornerbacks coach Mike Reed got a raise of $55,000 and will earn $495,000 this fall. Safeties coach Mickey Conn received a $30,000 raise to $400,000 a year.

Defensive tackles coach Todd Bates will make $375,000 after his raise of $75,000. Defensive ends coach Lemanski Hill will earn $350,000 following his raise of $50,000.

Among off-the-field staffers, longtime strength and conditioning coach Joey Batson got a raise of $100,000, increasing his salary to $600,000 next season.

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