Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables is now the highest-paid assistant coach in school soccer. On Wednesday, the Compensation Committee of the Clemson Board of Trustees permitted a brand new deal for Venables which can bump his wage up from $2.4 million to $2.5 million per 12 months.
Venables additionally obtained a further 12 months added to his contract, which now runs by the 2026 season. Final season, Venables was the third highest-paid assistant coach behind Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian and Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, who each made $2.5 million.
With Sarkisian now the top coach at Texas and Steele at present unemployed, Venables’ $2.5 million wage makes him the stand-alone highest paid assistant coach in school soccer.
Clemson will enter the 2021 school soccer season on the heels of a sixth-straight School Soccer Playoff look and sixth-straight ACC title. Nonetheless, this season will look a bit completely different with out quarterback Trevor Lawrence beneath middle.
Beginning in Lawrence’s place can be sophomore D.J. Uiagalelei, who appeared in 9 video games final season making two begins when Lawrence was sidelined attributable to COVID-19. Uiagalelei accomplished 66.7% of his passes for 914 yards with 5 touchdowns and nil interceptions.
In previewing Clemson in his 2021 School Soccer Preview Journal, Phil Steele identified that Clemson is in fine condition with Uiagalelei returning and considered one of school soccer’s greatest defensive traces. He likes the Tigers to compete for a nationwide championship but once more.
“Final 12 months led by QB Trevor Lawrence, RB Travis Etienne and a prolific protection, Clemson was preseason No. 1 once more. QB Lawrence missed Boston School and Notre Dame and the Irish snapped Clemson’s streak of 36 consecutive regular-season wins. Clemson nonetheless rolled over Notre Dame within the ACC title sport and was a TD favourite over Ohio State however misplaced large, 49-28. Clemson has received six straight ACC titles.
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“Final 12 months, Alabama had a first-year beginning QB with some expertise and received the nationwide title. Clemson has a veteran OLine, improved receiving corps and is changing Trevor Lawrence, however DJ Uiagalelei began two video games final 12 months and Clemson had 37 factors per sport in these. In 2018 with the perfect DLine within the FBS they received the title and so they have the perfect DLine once more this 12 months. Clemson faces only one crew that had a profitable ACC document in ‘20! The opener vs. Georgia can be their hardest check however it figures to be a seventh straight ACC title and sixth straight playoff look with an ideal shot of profitable all of it.”
Steele additionally has Clemson ranked No. 4 in his preseason high 40 and the highest crew within the Atlantic Coast Convention.
Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott mentioned Uiagalelei was well-equipped to be Clemson’s subsequent star on the place.
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“I feel you coach DJ the identical manner,” Elliott mentioned on ACC Community. “He is obtained to have the ability to make us proper inside our system. That is the place a quarterback’s athleticism and legs come into play inside what we do offensively. He has to have the ability to make us proper. He would not must be Travis Etienne I see on the display proper there and have the massive explosive performs within the run sport however he has to have the ability to preserve us sincere. That is what Deshaun (Watson), Kelly (Bryant) and Trevor (Lawrence) have finished prior to now, is be capable to preserve us sincere.”