Report: Clemson to sweeten Swinney’s deal through 2017

Apparently an embarrassing Orange Bowl showing won’t keep Clemson from extending the contract of head football coach Dabo Swinney.

Clemson reportedly is close to finalizing a new contract with Swinney, according to an ESPN report. The deal is expected to be for six years, the report said.

Swinney should receive a raise from the $1.9 million he is scheduled to make this year. He has a 25-16 record in three seasons as the head coach at Clemson.

The Tigers were 10-4 last season after losing 70-33 to West Virginia on Jan. 4. The Orange Bowl debacle prompted Swinney to make an offseason change in defensive coordinators.

Promoted from wide receivers coach in December 2008, Swinney replaced Tommy Bowden and signed five-year contract. Bowden resigned after 9 1/2 seasons.

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