Clemson football paying big money to two new coaches. Here are the details

The Clemson football team has officially filled two open assistant coaching positions – and they’re paying big money to bring on big names for the roles.

The university’s board of trustees compensation committee formally approved contracts for new offensive line coach Matt Luke and defensive ends coach Chris Rumph in a Monday meeting.

Luke, who most recently worked as Georgia’s offensive line coach, will make $975,000 next year as part of a three-year deal, and Rumph, who most recently worked as the Minnesota Vikings’ defensive line coach, will make $950,000 for 2024-25 in a three-year deal. They were both linked to Clemson’s openings late last week.

Both coaches’ salaries will top $1 million in 2025-26, which will put them among the top 10 highest paid coaches for their respective position groups, according to, and keep Clemson in the same range for assistant coach total pay. The Tigers previously ranked No. 9 in that metric, per a USA TODAY database.

Coach Dabo Swinney announced last week he’d parted ways with two assistant coaches, offensive line coach Thomas Austin and defensive ends coach Lemanski Hall. Austin was making $450,000 this year, and Hall was making $650,000.

The hirings of Luke and Rumph bring the Tigers back up to 10 full-time assistant coaches heading into the Dec. 20-22 early signing period and their bowl game, a Dec. 29 meeting with Kentucky in the Gator Bowl that was announced yesterday.

This is a developing story and will be updated.