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Clemson makes Venables the highest-paid coordinator

With the start of preseason camp just around the corner, Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables will go into August with a new contract.
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Clemson defensive coach Brent Venables is pulled back by an assistant during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Clemson, S.C. Clemson won 35-6. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables is the highest paid coordinator in college football.

The Compensation Committee of the Clemson Board of Trustees approved a new deal for Venables on Wednesday.

The contract bumps Venables' total compensation from $2.4 million per year to $2.5 million annually. Venables is also getting a year added to his contract which will now run through the 2026 season.

Venables was the third-highest paid assistant in the country last year at $2.4 million, behind Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian and Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, who both made $2.5 million. Sarkisian is now the head coach at Texas, Steele is currently not coaching.

Back in February,. offensive coordinator Tony Elliott received a raise which puts his annual salary at $2 million.