Clemson University

Clemson football team set to pay up for coaching staff

CLEMSON -- Athletic director Terry Don Phillips is backing up the expectation Clemson will open up its purse strings as it pertains to hiring Dabo Swinney's football coaching staff.

New defensive assistant Charlie Harbison will be paid $250,000 annually, according to figures released by the school Thursday.

Harbison has yet to be given a formal job title, although he is expected to serve as the secondary coach.

The amount is the same Clemson paid former Clemson offensive coordinator Rob Spence last season. Former defensive coordinator Vic Koenning earned $260,000.

Harbison earned $250,000 as Mississippi State's defensive coordinator before that staff was ushered out late last month.

On Thursday, a Clemson board of trustees subcommittee approved terms of Swinney's new deal, as well as contract terms for both new assistants, Harbison and Danny Pearman. Terms for Swinney's contract will not be disclosed until the contract is finalized, which could take until next month.

Pearman will make $190,000, which would have ranked fifth among Tigers assistants last season.

Pearman worked with Maryland's tight ends and offensive tackles last year and was the special teams coordinator. He is expected to fill most, if not all, of those roles with Clemson.

A salary has not been released for former Mississippi State offensive coordinator Woody McCorvey, who has been hired in an administrative role for the time being.

But McCorvey's salary is not expected to approach that of Clemson's two other new hires, a source said, because Mississippi State has to pay the difference from his multiyear deal in which he is slated to make $275,000 next season.

Clemson is expected to announce the hires today.