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Clemson Breaking the Bank on Coordinator Salaries

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Salaries for coordinators continue to rise in the ACC, as they do around college football.

But Clemson has taken it to a new level.

The defending Atlantic Coast Conference champions are paying a combined $2.1 million this season for their coordinators. Second-year offensive leader Chad Morris is the highest paid assistant in college football at $1.3 million a year.

Morris and defensive coordinator Brent Venables make more combined than the Tigers' head coach. Dabo Swinney, who will earn $1.9 million this season, and Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips agree it's the cost of continuity and maintaining a successful program.

Clemson is not alone in its approach, but not everyone likes the rising salaries.

Duke coach David Cutcliffe worries the system is getting out of hand.


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