Two Tales


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Two Tales
Jack LeggettJack Leggett
Baseball Head Coach
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is already in the College Baseball Hall of Fame. One day he will be in the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame and the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. Hopefully he will be in the Clemson Ring of Honor. I believe he deserves every one of those honors.

Unfortunately, the the last nine years haven't resembled the first 13 years of his Clemson tenure.

In the first 13 years, his teams went to five College World Series. The last nine they have been to one.

The first 13 years, his teams won 50 games six times. In the last nine they have not won more than 45.

In the last nine years Clemson has hosted only two regionals.

The last nine years have seen Clemson's baseball program be passed by South Carolina, Virginia and North Carolina.

Jack Leggett is not the only reason Clemson's program has fallen. There are a lot of issues. Some are being fixed. But it has been Leggett's responsibility to fix the program.

You can blame facilities. You can blame out-of-state tuition. You can blame an uneven playing field in terms of scholarship money. You can blame assistants. You can blame players.

But Leggett has been here through all of the players and all of the assistants. The common denominator has been Leggett.

Those close to the program have seen him become defiant. Last year he seemed to deny that there were issues. He has been reluctant to admit there are problems.

Clemson athletic director Dan RadakovichDan Radakovich
Director of Athletics
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has a decision to make soon. I met with Radakovich last year and asked about baseball. He said season ticket sales hadn't declined. But season tickets are not an indicator. Many Clemson baseball fans buy season tickets because they average less than six dollars per game. Many are on a fixed budget and view this as a bargain.

The real answers are in terms of wins and losses. They are in the status of the program. They are in the future of the program.

Radakovich has to measure the risk. Will Leggett bring the program back? Will the program continue to slide? Would the program fall even further under a new coach? Could a new coach get Clemson back quicker?

Who would be interested in replacing Leggett if he is not retained? I am told one of the nation's top coaches would love the job. It is one of the most attractive in the country.

Finally, Radakovich has to decide to fire Leggett or extend his contract. Leggett has only one year left on his contract. One year would make it very difficult to recruit. Other schools would use it against Clemson. So will he extend his contract or terminate the final year?

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