Clemson Loses Another Key Piece

Clemson Football is going through a cleanse after a after an unexpectedly down season.

With Brent Venables gone to Oklahoma, Tony Elliott likely headed to Virginia, and possible staffers and assistants going with them, it’s been an unsettling time.

To add to the cleansing, Athletic Director Dan Radakovich has left for sunny Florida, as he will be the next AD at the University of Miami. The timing of this move, while concerning, is inevitable. Miami just hired Mario Cristobal as their new coach and the school prioritized Cristobal’s hiring for recruiting purposes. With that hire in place, they finalized the deal with Radakovich.

While Radakovich’s departure won’t effect the actual on the field play of Dabo Swinney’s Tigers, he will still be missed. Under his leadership, he has overseen tremendous growth and even more success. Financially and fiscally, this program has flourished. He was also a fantastic ambassador for Clemson University.

Facilities, new programs, and academic excellence are big parts of his legacy and what a legacy it is. He served as an inaugural member of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. As recently as this past spring he was considered for the Commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference. He was also a candidate for Pac-12 commissioner. He is well thought of throughout all of college athletics.

While he will be missed and there will be ripples, there seems to be a plan of succession. It’s widely expected, his right hand man, Graham Neff will seamlessly transition into his role full-time. He has already been put in the position on an interim basis.

As Radakovich’s tenure at Clemson ends we wish him and his family much success in his new position. Thanks Dan, Tiger Nation appreciates your contribution to the greatness of Clemson Athletics.

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