Clemson's Swinney Ranks High Among Coaches Salaries

According to a report from USA Today Sports, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney ranks third in total pay behind LSU's Ed Orgeron and Alabama's Nick Saban.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney is the third highest-paid coach in college football according to a release from USA Today Sports.

The release, which came out Wednesday, showed Swinney's total pay is $8,319,775. According to USA Today's methodology, total pay consists of the sum of actual school pay (the remaining amount on the coach's current contract) and athletically related compensation received from non-university sources.

The two coaches ahead of Swinney are LSU's Ed Orgeron with a total of $8,918,500 and Alabama's Nick Saban with a total of $9.3 million, both from the Southeastern Conference.

The release also took into account contract year pandemic reductions as well as total pandemic reduction. Swinney has a total pandemic reduction of $1.25 million, which is the overall amount a coach will forgo during the entirety of an agreed-upon or announced period.

The buyout of Swinney's contract as of Dec. 1, 2020, is currently $50 million.

Swinney is the highest paid head coach in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The next highest-paid coach in the ACC is Virginia Tech's Justin Fuente ($4.25M) at No. 25.