Clemson has NEVER had more than a mediocre BB team/program. We have never had a great coach. We have never had great players. We have never had a great program. So, we have nothing to offer the best recruits. We can't entice great recruits based on the history of being a great program with great potential such as winning a Natty in BB. We have never had a great successful coach who could tell great recruits "come to CU and play for me because I CAN and HAVE put great teams on the court and have won Championships and gotten far into the NCAA finals".
So, we can't recruit great talent because we have nothing to offer. W/O great talent, we are going nowhere. A mediocre coach from a low level program coming to CU with our past history has nothing to offer recruits. A top tier coach with a proven past at a high level is the only way we will ever get past our history of mediocrity. We can't recruit based on our program. We can only recruit based on the shoulders of the coach. Thus, we must pay at least 5-7 million a yr. and try and get the best coach in America. Until that happens, we are stuck on being in the bottom tier of the ACC forever.
It takes great players plus a great coach. It's not one or the other. We have never had either. Go figure.