New football facility shows Clemson is serious about winning the arms race

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The new football complex should be open by the fall of 2017. Photo by Clemson University Athletics

CLEMSON- Notice has been served.

Clemson University has officially served notice to the rest of the college football world that the Tigers won’t be left behind. In fact, recent moves by the powers that be that govern the university have let the rest of the ACC – and the country – know that they are going to have a hard time keeping up.

We learned this week that Clemson isn’t shy about spending money on recruiting - according to figures compiled by USA TODAY, Clemson University spent $2.53 million on football recruiting expenses from 2009 to 2013. That is the 16th highest total among the 107 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision teams from which USA TODAY received reports. Comparatively, South Carolina spent $1.32 million on recruiting through that same span.

We then heard this week that Clemson has taken its recruiting process to another level – creating what head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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calls “Clemson Google.”

Friday, the Clemson finance and facilities committee unanimously approved the concept for a state-of-the-art football operations center connected to the new indoor practice facility, which sits across Perimeter Road Memorial Stadium.

In other words, Clemson is determined to compete in the arms race with the Jones – in this case programs like Alabama and Oregon.

The complex is set to include a locker room, meeting rooms, coaches’ offices along with strength and conditioning, sports medicine and a dining area. The new facility will sit beside the indoor practice facility and existing practice fields. The budget for the project is $62 million.

The university hopes to break ground in early 2016, with plans to open the center sometime in spring or summer 2017.

Currently, Clemson’s football players have to dress in the locker rooms at Memorial Stadium and take a tram across Perimeter Road, dodging traffic each step of the way. The new facility will allow the team to meet, work out, dress and practice all in the same area. Memorial Stadium will be saved for game day.

The current office space inside Memorial Stadium will be used for athletic department staff - I've heard many will get to move out of the aging Jervey - and football will move its entire operation to the other side of the street.

During Swinney’s high school football camp last June, visiting high school coaches and players were in awe of the new plans including rumors of a theme park-style recreation area for the student-athletes. In an age when the wow factor counts for a lot – and it does with impressionable young athletes – the Tigers will have enough wow factor and more to compete on the national stage.

Times are changing at the school, and for the first time in recent memory the academic side and President Jim Clements is working hand-in-hand with the athletic side. Athletic director Dan RadakovichDan Radakovich
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and Swinney are on the same page. The Board of Trustees proved Friday its willing to go the extra mile.

Auburn announced Friday that they were building a new scoreboard in Jordan-Hare Stadium – imagine a high-definition television the size of a football field – and will be able to show it off to prospective athletes during recruiting visits.

The world of college football is in an arms race – fueled by television money and high ticket prices and booster donations – and doesn’t appear to be slowing down. If you’re just now building an indoor practice facility, you’re already behind in the arms race.

Clemson and the rest of the ACC is already at a disadvantage when it comes to money – the lucrative SEC Network is a boon for the schools in that conference – and has to spend its money strategically and “get the most bang for the buck.”

It’s all about staying ahead of the competition in the arms race.

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New Story: New football facility shows Clemson is serious about winning the arms race
TigerNet News
Onward and upward. I love it.***
paw prince
Re: New Story: New football facility shows Clemson is serious about winning the arms race
74TIGER
I love the subtle jab at the coots!
Darengin®
"If you're just building an indoor practice facility"
GunTotnTigr
Re: "If you're just building an indoor practice facility"
TommyBcool
Hello Coots, Goodbye Coots..CLEMSON is off for bigger FowL than you BirDs!
lightbulbbill®
Why beat/eat coot when you can have duck!!***
morris
Dabo is an innovator!
OneJedi
Danny Ford understood this better than most. He knew the
Lowcountry_Tiger
Re: Danny Ford understood this better than most. He knew the
N507114
Re: Danny Ford understood this better than most. He knew the
paros
But the whole thing started over facilities and then egos***
Lowcountry_Tiger
Re: Danny Ford understood this better than most. He knew the
CLEMPZENtygurs®
Got knocked up by and NOT a myth.***
Lowcountry_Tiger
Re: Danny Ford understood this better than most. He knew the
Melclem
Hindsight is 20/20. At the time he was right.The NCAA didn'
Lowcountry_Tiger
But I was told that if Clemson doesn't join the SEC that we
Completely Solid Orange®
Also, does it slightly bug anyone else that other sports
Completely Solid Orange®
Re: Also, does it slightly bug anyone else that other sports
CreoleTiger
This satisfies me. Thank you.***
Completely Solid Orange®
most coaches will have offices in their stadiums
scooter
Re: New Story: New football facility shows Clemson is serious about winning the arms race
sgttiger
So when is our new HD scoreboard stretching from the North
grrowl
Our Athletic Department gets any/everything it wants.
ClemsonTiger1988®
feels like we're doubling-down on a gamble
profuscious
remember when jervey was awesome***
henry®
I hope all this continued building in a flood plane.....
kbtiger®
Seriously folks, that is a lot of money.
colatiger89
Re: New Story: New football facility shows Clemson is serious about winning the arms race
CinTiger1

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