Clemson to Begin Two-Year Phase Out of Swimming Programs


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Clemson, Sc—Clemson University will begin a two-year phase out of its men’s swimming and diving, and women’s swimming programs at the end of the 2011-12 academic year. The announcement was made Friday, by Clemson Athletic Director Terry Don Phillips. Phillips said the women’s diving program would continue.

“This was a difficult decision. It comes as a result of a long review of Clemson’s sport offerings in light of our mission to offer sports in which we have the best opportunities to be competitive” said Phillips. “Clemson’s all sports program approach requires review of facilities, coaching, and student-athlete recruitment opportunities for all sport offerings. Our job is to focus on areas where we have the necessary underpinnings to be successful. “

“While facilities are important in every sport, having an Olympic size pool has become most important in swimming. We have made a decision not to build a 50-meter pool, and thus feel our program is in a state where it will be very difficult to compete at the highest level in the ACC and nationally.

“Coach Chris Ip, his assistants, and student-athletes have represented Clemson very well when all things are considered. From an academic standpoint the program has done remarkably well and their work in the community is an example to all teams. They are men and women of high character, and I know our student-athletes have performed to their utmost ability.”

Clemson will continue to compete in the ACC for the next two years in men’s and women’s swimming and diving, so current sophomores will be able to swim for Clemson until the end of their careers
All student-athletes who compete through the 2012 season will have the option of remaining at Clemson as students and receive the same level of financial aid through four years so long as they meet NCAA progress toward degree requirements. Also, all student-athletes will be afforded Vickery Hall support during this time as well. Any student-athlete’s request to transfer to another swimming program will be granted.

Phillips also stated that the recent sport offering evaluation has identified women’s golf as a likely choice for future sport sponsorship.

“We’re being careful as we go forward to keep in mind the interests in South Carolina, the areas of athletic talent among of South Carolina young people, our responsibilities under Title IX, and a variety of other factors. Our analysis is ongoing and we’ll be very careful in moving forward.”

More communication is scheduled in the coming days and weeks to provide information to coaches and student-athletes on the transition.

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Clemson to Begin Two-Year Phase Out of Swimming Programs
B-Meist®
I would think Softball would be a more popular choice as a
largetyme
Re: I would think Softball would be a more popular choice as a
Litefoot®
We have golf facilities already.
ClemsonBrad23
it is about money. softball = expensive.***
tigertrain
Plenty of farmland and tractors to clear a field
coachmac
I'm sure that type of field with no stadium would attract
tigertrain
Amazing every tiny HS can afford softball !
Chriswinsalways
You do know Volleyball is a fall sport
ClemsonBrad23
I would assume Softball would aututally sell some tickets!***
Chriswinsalways
We should start a women's golf program and a softball team.
normasjayray
They are planning to start a women's golf program.***
pbtigergrad84
It's all about the money. Join the SEC now!!***
TheHill2
Re: It's all about the money. Join the SEC now!!***
tigerstripe777®
Men's soccer? Don't think so.***
CUTIGR69®
Great, let's add lacrosse now. Would be a great addition
Judge Keller
Good....bring back wrestling after the mid-90's screw job.***
deleted
YEAH! Women's Golf Program
gopaws4
hahaha, who cares about women's golf?***
HoustonTiger05
How expensive is a swimming program?***
Tiger04DMD
Quite possibly the least expensive of any sport...
TigerCC
Golf is dirt cheap too. 1. We already have the facilities,
deleted
And how much is the course maintenance?***
PawPrintsII
we already maintain it for the mens team.***
tigertrain
Did you even read the article?
mhuyser
Yes....
TigerCC
If that next to last paragraph were really true, we would
bigleggedwoman
Re: If that next to last paragraph were really true, we woul
cuplayer59
Any Softball to Clemson facebook groups?***
Chriswinsalways
sad excuses from TDP
vandalay
What are his options?
buddyjack
Re: What are his options?
tmoliver
Re: What are his options?
buddyjack
Re: sad excuses from TDP
tmoliver
Re: Clemson to Begin Two-Year Phase Out of Swimming Programs
94TigerRG
Softball might be an ACC problem
Drewpy

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