Clemson ranks in top-five in assistant salaries


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Brent Venables' salary was bumped up from $1.43 million to $1.75 million back in February.
Brent Venables' salary was bumped up from $1.43 million to $1.75 million back in February.

Clemson football ranked third overall in assistant coach salaries this year, according to a USA TODAY database released Wednesday.

Alabama moved above last year’s No. 1-2 in LSU and Clemson respectively with nearly $6 million dedicated to assistants (5,995,000). The Bayou Bengals (5,915,000) and ACC Tigers (5,725,000) were not far behind.

Like in 2016, Brent Venables ranks second overall with a $1.7 million salary. He holds the sixth-best maximum bonus payout ($295K), which includes bumps of $50,000 for a top-10 relative total defense or total defense ranking and $100,000 with a top-five ranking in the stats, which are compiled by Sports Source Analytics.

LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda leads all assistant salaries at $1.8 million, and LSU’s offensive coordinator ranks fourth at $1.5 million. Last year, former LSU and current Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis earned the top salary at $1.5 million.

Behind Venables, Clemson co-offensive coordinators Jeff Scott and Tony Elliott ($800,000) check in at No. 29 overall.

Next-best to Clemson in the ACC in total assistant salaries was Jimbo Fisher’s former staff at Florida State, trailing the Tigers by more than a million ($4,691,000).

2017 Clemson coaches salaries (rank)
Brent Venables – $1.7 million (2)
Jeff Scott, Tony Elliott – $800,000 (29)
Robbie Caldwell – $515,000 (92)
Danny Pearman – $460,000 (130)
Brandon Streeter – $430,000 (157)
Mike Reed – $420,000 (167)
Mickey Conn – $350,000 (232)
Todd Bates – $250,000 (401)

2017 ACC/SEC total top-six assistant salaries
Alabama – $5,995,000
LSU – $5,915,000
Clemson – $5,725,000
Florida* – $4,997,825
Auburn – $4,875,000
Texas A&M* – $4,818,000
Florida State* – $4,691,000
Tennessee* – $4,655,400
Louisville – $3,618,500
Virginia Tech – $3,384,000
NC State – $3,065,294
Georgia Tech – $2,916,515
* Head coach left or was fired.

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