Calhoun Times

Venables now NCAA’s highest-paid assistant

- Field Level Media

Clemson and defensive coordinato­r Brent Venables agreed to a contract extension through 2026 that makes him the highest-paid assistant coach in college football.

Venables, 50, will earn $2.5 million per season, just more than his previous salary of $2.4 million.

Steve Sarkisian made $2.5 million last season as Alabama’s offensive coordinato­r, according to reports, but he left to become the head coach at Texas. Auburn defensive coordinato­r Kevin Steele also reportedly made $2.5 million in 2020 but he wasn’t retained after Guz Malzahn’s firing as head coach.

Venables won the Broyles Award, given to the country’s best assistant coach, in 2016. That same year, the Tigers won their first of two national championsh­ips under Dabo Swinney and his staff.

Venables’ units have ranked no lower than No. 15 in total defense in the nation since 2014. He was hired in 2012 after serving as co-DC, defensive coordinato­r and linebacker­s coach at Oklahoma from 1999 to 2011.

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