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Clemson assistants will earn nearly $4.5 million in 2014

Clemson has locked up Dabo Swinney's coaching staff for the next two years, and the group will earn $4.42 million before incentives in 2014 according to a report by the Associated Press.

Interestingly enough, the only Clemson assistant not to sign a new contract was the highest-paid of Dabo's assistants. Offensive coordinator Chad Morris will remain on the six year, $13 million contract he signed following Clemson's 2011 ACC Championship that will pay him $1.3 million in 2014. He is now college football's second highest-paid coordinator, trailing only Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and his $1.385 million salary.

Defensive coordinator Brent Venables will receive a raise from $800,000 to $875,000 in 2014. Venables was already college football's seventh-highest paid assistant in 2013, according to USA Today's coaching salary database.

Co-defensive coordinator/defensive ends coach Marion Hobby will receive a $25,000 raise to $400,000, while defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks, offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell and tight ends coach/special teams coordinator Danny Pearmen will earn $340,000 apiece in 2014.

Next, defensive backs coach Mike Reed will net $285,000, wide receives coach/recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott will make $275,000, and running backs coach Tony Elliott rounds out the staff at $265,000.

The position coaches' contracts expire Jan. 31, 2016, while Venables' deal runs through 2017. The assistants are also eligible for bonuses ranging from $10,000 for an ACC championship appearance to $85,000 for a national championship. 

Swinney signed new eight year, $27.15 million contract in January.

Clemson is 51-23 under Swinney, and 32-8 (20-4 ACC) since 2011.

Video: 11 teams have changed conferences, but no one quite like East Carolina

East Carolina is just one of a number of schools that packed their bags for a new conference.

Of course, Maryland and Rutgers joined the Big Ten, Tulane, Tulsa and ECU joined the American, Western Kentucky joined Conference USA, Louisville made their ACC move official, and Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, Idaho, and New Mexico State joined the Sun Belt.

Of all those moves, ECU looks to have profiled theirs the best, with this video saying that they're ready for the challenge in the American Athletic Conference.

Photos: Oklahoma unveils new alternate uniforms

If you are wondering where the middle ground rests in the never-ending uniform debate between traditionalists and non-conformists, apparently it's a helmet stripe.

A year ago, Kliff Kingsbury updated Texas Tech's look by adding a stripe (as well as some new colors), and now Oklahoma has done the same with a new set of alternate uniforms.

Oklahoma was one of the last holdouts among college football's traditional powers to not add an alternate. In the Bob Stoops era, the Sooners have only broken tradition by wearing throwbacks at home versus North Texas in 2003, at Texas Tech in 2009, and then with last year's gold-tinged uniforms against Texas.

The response is no doubt split down the middle among the Sooner faithful, but the players love them.

 

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Photos: The 13 best schedule posters from around college football

Over the past month or so, teams have been releasing their schedule poster to the fan bases to build some hype. 

Some of those posters have been just "OK", while a number of others are particularly well done. Because everyone (except our wives and girlfriends) enjoys one-stop-shopping, Zach and I put together a great look at some of the best ones from around college football for you to look at right here.

Which one is your favorite?

 

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Rendering: Wake Forest is adding a $21 million indoor facility

Wake Forest has announced that later this summer they will be breaking ground on a new indoor practice facility.

The new facility will be located directly behind the current practice fields, and will be equipped with giant roll-up doors that will open up to the current practice fields. According to the official release from Wake Forest, ground will break in August and construction should be finished by the end of 2015.

Head coach Dave Clawson notes that the new indoor facility will be a game changer for the program. Now not only will they have a world class education to sell, and an opportunity to play alongside some of the richest football traditions in college football in the ACC, but they'll also be able to sell top notch facilities.

 "The groundbreaking announcement is great news for Wake Forest football. It is a significant investment and shows the high commitment level that the University has to our program." Dave Clawson said. "The McCreary Indoor Center will be a game changer for our current student-athletes and future Deacons. It will give our players the ability to improve and work on their skills the entire year. The facility will also give us a great boost in our recruiting efforts to attract the best possible student-athletes to Wake Forest University. We appreciate the efforts of everyone involved who made this project possible."

Expect more pics to become available in the coming weeks. RIght now, this rendering is all that's out there.

 

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