Three defensive coordinators made north of a million dollars last season. Clemson’s Brent Venables got a bump from $800,000 to $875,000.
The reward for marked improvement from 2012 to 2013 was a small price for the 2014 production, when Clemson finished No. 1 nationally in 10 categories.
Among pay raises nationally – and Will Muschamp jumping back in the game at Auburn ($1.6 million) – Venables’ bump to $1.35 million was substantial, a $550,000 increase from two years ago.
“Coach Swinney, Dan Radakovich, president (Jim) Clements and the board – I couldn’t be more appreciative,” Venables said. “(I’m) thankful, humbled, pinching myself and grateful for our defensive staff. It’s as good a group of guys as I’ve worked with.
“We’ve had a lot of success and for them to show that kind of loyalty and appreciation and investment – I’m eternally grateful. This is as good as it gets in college football. You have everything you need and anything any coach could possibly want here.
“We don’t take a back seat to anybody. They didn’t need to do that. I would’ve stayed for a lot less.”