Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney stands with his players after receiving the ACC Title Trophy on Dec. 4, 2011. (Getty Images)
Clemson, SC --- Clemson Athletic Director Dr. Terry Don Phillips announced Thursday that Head Coach Dabo Swinney has agreed in principle to a three-year contract extension that will keep him in charge of the program through the 2017 season.
The extension now makes the contract six years in length and the yearly compensation is $1.965 million per year, plus performance incentives and escalators.
Swinney won the Bobby Dodd Award as the National Coach of the Year for 2011, the first Clemson football coach to be named a national coach of the year since Danny Ford in 1981.
Swinney led Clemson to its first ACC Championship in 20 years with a 38-10 victory over third ranked Virginia Tech in the league title game in Charlotte in early December. The win sent Clemson to the Discover Orange Bowl, the school's first BCS Bowl appearance and first Orange Bowl appearance in 30 years.
"Coach Swinney has agreed to a significant contract extension," said Phillips.
"We feel very good about the direction of our football program. In a short period of time, Coach Swinney has taken us to two Atlantic Division titles, had two top 10 recruiting classes, two top 25 seasons, and won an ACC Championship in a season when the league was strong enough to have two teams selected for BCS Bowls for the first time.
"Our program has also had nationally recognized results academically, in terms of academic progress, grade point average and graduation rate. He has had the top career APR score in the nation (988). I know we certainly have more hills to climb, but with his passionate leadership and work ethic, I am confident we will get where we intend to be."
"This shows a great commitment on the part of David Wilkins and the Board of Trustees, President Jim Barker and Terry Don Phillips," said Swinney.
"I am very appreciative of their confidence in the program and my staff.
"We had many landmark accomplishments this past year, including winning the ACC Championship in a very competitive league. The administration has provided us with the resources to continue our pursuit to be the best in the ACC and compete for the National Championship for years to come. "