Commentary: Fire All The Coaches? Really?


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"Julio" is a regular online contributor to my radio show each day, providing the occasional stat, link or war story from the front lines at Clemson athletics.

He dropped me a note Wednesday regarding another Clemson fan sitting near him in the Littlejohn Coliseum stands during Tuesday night's 80-75 overtime victory over Wake Forest. "Julio" was not a happy camper.

Seems that as the Tigers were struggling a bit during the period before starting the late comeback, the nearby fan became incredulous. "Julio" said at one point the fan said, and I'm paraphrasing here:

"We're down in baseball. We're underachieving in football and basketball. We should fire every coach at Clemson and start all over."

It got "Julio" thinking this morning, and after sending me a note about the fan he went and looked up current rankings for Clemson's sports teams - both men and women. The list he came up with, which follows below, takes into account teams currently in season, those who have already finished, and those about to begin.

The Clemson sports programs, and their rankings, are as follows:

Baseball             #13, #23
Basketball           #25
Football             #21
Golf                 #12
Men's Tennis         #30
Womens Tennis        #10
Track and Field      #14
Volleyball           #22

That's seven Clemson sports ranked in the Top 25 in the nation. Eight in the Top 30.

Six of the nine men's sports are ranked Top 30 or higher, five of them Top 25. Under normal circumstances, you could add soccer to that list. However in 2007 Trevor Adair's team was beset by injuries and had an uncharacteristic down season. But his track record - which includes a Final Four appearance just three years ago - would indicate his program will be back in the rankings next season.

On the women's side, there are whispers that Nancy Harris' tennis team may be a national championship contender this season. And volleyball's resurgence and the crowds that resulted were a great story this past fall.

And the women's soccer team, though not in the final Top 25 rankings at season's end, were there for most of the year and reached the NCAA tournament yet again.

There are some situations which need addressed, to be sure.

Women's basketball comes to mind. The program, once an NCAA tournament regular under Jim Davis, has continued to struggle in year three under Christy McKinney; though to be fair this season was set back significantly by ACL injuries to a pair of seniors and one top freshman.

But overall I think you'd have to agree that the performance of the athletic programs at Clemson is very, very good.

From a revenue-generating standpoint, the most important sports at Clemson are football - far and away THE most important - and basketball. Football, of course, pays a good percentage of the bills across the board, for both men and women.

Football is coming off a record year for season ticket sales. IPTAY donations also were at the highest level ever.

How all that is affected by the Seat Equity Plan this coming season at Death Valley remains to be seen, but it would appear that at the moment the Clemson Athletic Department is doing pretty well for itself.

Fire the coaches? More like take care of the coaches.

And while they're at it, perhaps the powers that be should think about extending the contract of Athletic Director Terry Don Phillips.

Considering the financial mess he walked into at the school a few years back, to have the department where it is today is fairly remarkable.

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Crump®
spacer w00t!!***
TS_Tiger®
spacer We have a word on Tigernet for people who make those kinds
Crackcannon
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SAtiger17
spacer When has Clemson ever been elite for us to expect it?!***
natedawgSWU
spacer he never said we expect it, he said we wanted it***
Neal in NC®
spacer Some do expect it though, just saying***
natedawgSWU
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RobertsonCU
spacer That is one of the most ridiculous things I've ever read....
BECU98
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cu8296tiger
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RobertsonCU
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Griggles_Tigers®
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1flatiger
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RobertsonCU
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deleted
spacer Fantastic Commentary! Couldn't agree more!***
BENMILS
spacer Thanks, Dan....some people needed to read that.***
GBS
spacer Logic and rational thought
jbodycott
spacer Maybe Vulcan, very logical. Live long and prosper***
Foothills_Tiger®
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domduck®
spacer Very good article, but the title is a product of Tigernet.
LinebackerU.
spacer Are you kidding??...
Big Daddy
spacer Don't Fire All the Coaches
loubello
spacer yeah....don't fire ALL the Coaches....
mrgrant
spacer Ok, keep in mind I'm a relatively new Clemson fan
cutigres
spacer The "where is Clemson" argument doesn't fly
BigCat
spacer Re: The "where is Clemson" argument doesn't fly
cutigres
spacer How'd you get here? Sick a pin in the map?? Leave !!********
tiger49®
spacer I know it's hard to admit for you guys sometimes
cutigres
spacer Re: I know it's hard to admit for you guys sometimes
tonybenson62003
spacer You ain't from the south,are ya,Bo?***
tigerjebus
spacer Re: Ok, keep in mind I'm a relatively new Clemson fan
gr82h8floridast8
spacer Fire Dan Scott!!!!***
BuzzPaw
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tincankid
spacer just face it....everyone is waiting for a championship.....***
Tigerartist1
spacer If you don't want a Championship why do you play ???******
tiger49®
spacer You play to win the game. YOU PLAY... TO WIN THE GAME!
joetigerny
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tigertown94
spacer Way to see the donut and not the hole, Dan!***
tigerdrummer®
spacer Send this to Bart W. He needs sum edukashunn!***
Tigersdomination
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calvin1
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1flatiger
spacer Keep Spence, Fire everybody else!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
milfordcttiger®
spacer thanks Dan for putting those idiots
iggyme
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fencebusters®
spacer Wrote a whole article because of one fans comment?
hungrytowin
spacer missing the point
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