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Clemson, Swinney reach new eight-year contract

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CLEMSON, SC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

Clemson University and head football coach Dabo Swinney have reached a deal to keep the Tigers head football coach in place until 2021.

The Clemson University Board of Trustees Compensation Committee approved Swinney's new contract terms Saturday.

The new contract included a raise that increased his total pay for next season to $3.15 million.

The AP reported the agreement had been in the works since the end of the season. Swinney's previous deal paid him a total of $2.55 million and was good through 2017.

"Dabo is one of the top coaches not only in the ACC but in the entire nation," director of athletics Dan Radakovich said. "His teams have succeeded on the field, in the classroom and in the community. We're excited to have him lead our program for a long time into the future."

"The future of Clemson University is extremely bright and the future of our football program is as well," Swinney said. "While we have accomplished many goals, we still have several out there to reach and we will continue to work to get there."

Swinney has earned a 51-23 record during over his first six seasons as head coach, has a 33-12 record in Atlantic Coast Conference play, and has led the Tigers to postseason bowl games each year.

Under his leadership, the Tigers have had three consecutive seasons of double-digit victories for the first time since 1988-90, including a school first 11 wins in 2012 and again in 2013.

Clemson also finished the 2013 season at seventh place in the USA Today Coaches' Poll. It was the highest ranking in any final poll for the program since the Tigers won the national championship in 1981, according to the university.

Swinney also emphasizes the importance of service in and around the Clemson community. During the 2013 season, the university said the football team helped build two houses for Habitat for Humanity and hosted a holiday event for local underprivileged youth. Dabo's All-In Foundation also works to raise awareness for critical education and health issues, the university said. Officials say the foundation has donated and pledged nearly $1 million to local organizations over the past four years.

Copyright 2014 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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