Could softball or wrestling be coming to Clemson?


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Could wrestling or softball be added to the Clemson sports offering in the near future?

Those two sports have been talked about by the Clemson athletic department and would be the first two choices if new sports were added, but Athletic Director Dan Radakovich told TigerNet this week that adding another sport isn’t in the short-term plans.

“Certainly there is consideration of both wrestling and softball. But at this point in time, neither softball nor wrestling are in our short term plans to bring back those programs,” Radakovich said. “We are doing due diligence in both areas to see if they meet our business model and if they make economic sense to create those two sports here under our varsity sport offerings. But we have a lot of ground to cover and a lot of questions to answer before we can make any kind of decision.”

Once the decision to add a program was made, how long would it take before the sport was ready for competition? All you have to do is look at women’s golf for the answer, according to Radakovich.


“I think we have a good example here with our women’s golf program, which will begin competition this fall. That took about three years to get up and running, so there is a benchmark that actually is Clemson specific,” he said. “I think we also have to certainly look at the economics of adding a sport and whether we can sustain a high level of excellence and a high level of competition in bringing a sport on here at Clemson. Those are two good parameters as we look at what we might do in the future. But it certainly is a process that is not to be taken lightly because you create obligations for the program not only in the short-term but also in the long-term. You really have to see those fit with some of the other funding opportunities you have moving forward with the programs you currently have.”

I asked Radakovich if one or both would be added, and he said it would probably come down to making a decision to add just one.

“I think it depends on a number of different factors, but I think you could add one or the other without becoming in jeopardy of Title IX legislation,” he said. “I am not sure that we would do that from a program balance perspective, but numerically if you look at where Clemson is currently it is theoretically possible, but whether that theory becomes reality is all a part of that due diligence.”

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Front Page Story: Could softball or wrestling be coming to Clemson?
TigerNet News
Rugby needs to be the next varisty sport added. Its
MSTiger02®
Softball would be a huge money drain...
baseball fan
I tend to agree....
BigCUFan®
Disagree
tigermaniac®
If you think Clemson would sell 3500...
baseball fan
Just like football ... its more about TV $$$***
clemchem
Re: If you think Clemson would sell 3500...
rkantor
Didn't say anything about season tickets...
tigermaniac®
Re: Disagree
TigerMatty01
Prove that ratings claim...
baseball fan
I found this line in 30 seconds:
TigersAndCubs
Google is a wonderful thing...he knows what he is talking
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PenthouseTiger
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Melclem
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PenthouseTiger
That was a top ten program at one time. How many of those..
Ihopehedo
Bring on the softball!
larochee
Here's a suggestion...
baseball fan
Foolish comment
huggins81
If baseball isn't self-supporting...
baseball fan
Here's your answer...build it where the old Littlejohn used
tigermaniac®
Littlejohn isn't going anywhere...
baseball fan
and I think that's a mistake.....
BigCUFan®
Women's Wrestling?....that might work as an income maker***
TigerBank
Re: Women's Wrestling?....that might work as an income maker***
ClemsonTiger1988®
I also support Lacrosse. The ACC is set to be a monster
Swarley
Lacrosse is the wave of the future both men's and women's
tigerbum5
Re: I also support Lacrosse. The ACC is set to be a monster
a7xgates
Re: I also support Lacrosse. The ACC is set to be a monster
jss150
Lacrosse wouldn't be a money drain? Ha!
Noodle
Re: I also support Lacrosse. The ACC is set to be a monster
wrollis
Lacrosse needs to be the next sport added at Clemson***
CUwRx®
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grover173
HS lacrosse is growing in SC...
baseball fan
Re: HS lacrosse is growing in SC...
a7xgates
There are only 41 HS programs
Kaplony
actually there is a good amount of lacrosse talent
CU_Kobe_24®
That's good but SC wrestling had 13 All Americans...
Ihopehedo
Girls beach volleyball. Season tickets would sell out***
saluda tiger
unless the recruiting philosophy followed JL's and targeted
ctigers90
Lacrosse makes a lot more sense than wrestling or softball.
Judge Keller
SOFTBALL DEFINITELY NEEDS TO BE ADDED!!!
tigerpride29
Re: SOFTBALL DEFINITELY NEEDS TO BE ADDED!!!
ImissCJ
Just hand out the gatdan scholorships and let the players...
ClemsonTiger1988®
perhaps, if the staff kept peters tucked instead of holding
deadsolidperfect®
If Peters is out I'm not going to head the delving group.
ClemsonTiger1988®
after reading this bored over the years, i'm certain we'd
deadsolidperfect®
I think this is a terrible attitude that too many Clemson
TigersAndCubs
Disagree***
gopaws4
Softball needs to be added...after the initial investment
tigermaniac®
I'd rather take that "initial investment" money...
baseball fan
Im guessing you've just never been around...
ClemfanWV
You are completely clueless...you spout off like you know
tigermaniac®
Lacrosse!!! ACC dominates in lax!***
colemanfan
5 out of the top 10 teams in D1 lax are in the ACC!***
colemanfan
How abour Women's Swimming -
hleapha
I agree it should be rugby
CJDTigerFan22
Add Lacrosse!! Both Men's and Women's......
CU TLGTN®
Lacrosse?!
jss150
Men's Wrestling will be the next sport added...
exyankee
I love wrestling but don't see it happening.
Johnstone4Life
I agree. I don't think any sport is growing in the south..
Ihopehedo
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Cutigergrad04
Lacrosse definitely!
tfreesc®
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Allaymal
how bout swimming and diving?
Willmo®
Lacrosse!
SuperSam
Ditto most others: Lacrosse!***
TigerInAtown
My 2 cents:Girls Softball & Lacrosse are the way to go***
SocMan2®
This is silly, Lacrosse is the logical add (M and W's)
Pigeye
The return of felony wrestlers to Clemson? No thanks. ***
Louis_Cypher
I know for certain, Lacrosse will NEVER be adeded while Rad
exyankee
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tfreesc®
How many All American HS and youth Lacrosse and softball...
Ihopehedo
Re: How many All American HS and youth Lacrosse and softball...
tfreesc®
How many All Americans do they name in Lacrosse for HS?
Ihopehedo
Re: How many All Americans do they name in Lacrosse for HS?
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