Clemson's Next AD

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Clemson's Next AD
Clemson will soon be in the market for a new athletic director. I don't know the list of candidates but I have a to do list for the new AD.

Embrace the Clemson Family
One high ranking member of the Clemson administration once told me, "Terry Don Phillips never married Clemson, he is only dating it." According to several athletic department employees, Phillips never really fully engaged himself into the Clemson family.

Clemson is different. It is not perfect but it is unique. If the new AD wants to give himself the best chance to be successful, he/she will need to fully embrace the Clemson family. The new AD needs to embrace our family and its unique qualities.

Connect with Clemson People
Along those same lines, Clemson people want their leaders to be accessible. Danny Ford changed the way things are done around here. Clemson people want to be able to reach out and shake the hand of their leaders. They want accessibility. They want to be able to get to know their guy. They want to hear from their leaders on TV, radio and the speaking circuit. They want their leaders to be visible. Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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understands this and the new AD should take a page out of Ford and Swinney's books.

Raise Funds
Higher education across the country continues to fight budget issues. Athletic departments across the country are hiring the best fundraisers to lead their athletic departments. Capital campaigns have become essential across athletics. Budget issues are here to stay.

Modernize the Department
Jeff Scott has modernized the recruiting efforts for Clemson football and I think the athletic department needs the same upgrade. Social media has become a bigger part of athletic departments across the country and Clemson needs an upgrade. Schools are trying to control the message more now than ever and Clemson needs a progressive thinking business person that understands how to create a brand in the modern business world.

Several sources have told me that the relationship between the IPTAY and the athletic director has not been good for some time. The new AD might have to mend some fences and get that relationship off to a positive start.

Board and President
The board of directors has seemed to have a heavier hand in athletics in the past year. Chairman of the Board David Wilkins has made it pretty clear that he holds the athletic department as a high priority. He wants to win and it appears he wants to hold people accountable. The new AD will be working with a new directive from the board. No one knows how long President Barker will stay on board but the new AD will need to have a good relationship with whoever he/she will be reporting to.

Out with the Old, In with the New
There are a lot of long time employees in the athletic department and several employees will be stepping aside and retiring in the next few years. Clemson Downs is a retirement community in town and the athletic department is in Jervey Athletic Center. The joke around the athletic department about the average age of the employees is heard when the athletic department is referred to as "Jervey Downs." The new AD will need to hire the next wave of leaders in the department.

Hire a "No" Person
Larry Williams of says that Phillips right hand person Katie Hill will also be gone when Phillips leaves. The new AD will need to hire a new "No" person to pinch the pennies.

Fix the Olympic Sports
There was a time where Clemson's olympic sports program was filled with conference and national title contenders. Under Phillips, several olympic sports have fallen on hard times. Women's basketball, women's soccer, men's soccer, men's tennis and baseball are among the sports that were once title contenders but have seen some decline in recent years. I hope the new AD will place a higher emphasis on all sports at Clemson.

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Fellow Tigers....
Prime T. Tiger
insiders say
You're welcome.
Re: You're welcome.
Heard that name,but..
Prime T. Tiger
Re: insiders say
I am hearing.....
Prime T. Tiger
Re: insiders say
Re: insiders say
What's Bill McClellan up to these days? ***
Smiling Tiger®
Re: What's Bill McClellan up to these days? About
We wanted it, and he delivered. He knew what it took and
Smiling Tiger®
and it's not like we were the only ones---it was the wild
Best we have had. Built the entire athletic program.
Billy Davis. Ever heard his interview??***
Re: Billy Davis. Ever heard his interview??***
Country Gentleman®
I know he is not a candidate, but he has the attitude needed***
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Uh sphelling :)***
Woburn Tiger
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Re: Mickey Plyler's Blog: Clmson's Next AD- I think
I think he is being groomed For the job actually. His
I hope he is considered.
finally someone mentions Olympic sports and the shambles
Rodney Williams
personally i don't want a Clemson guy
Re: personally i don't want a Clemson guy
well, thats where you need the right guy.***
Re: well, thats where you need the right guy.***
What was changed the wrong way?***
Women's BB and both soccer programs...***
Re: What was changed the wrong way?***
They've always had the worst seats.***
^^ That's what I'm taking about. We need
Max Lennon & BR started the job, Barker & TDP finished it.***
Re: personally i don't want a Clemson guy
Agree, but Barker has pulled it off pretty well.***
100% Agree
Re: Rodney Williams
Who is the AD at Stanford???? They have about the BEST
He is the new Big 12 commish...***
CM Shack
YES ! Place some emphasis on the "other" Sports
No inside Clemson hires Please and shake up IPTAY!!
Not gonna argue your points, but if you want to be taken
Re: No inside Clemson hires Please and shake up IPTAY!!
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Sorry, but I would never consider Brad Scott***
Exactly, go to a big time highly successful program and hire
Yay Cheerleaders !!!***
I can offer assistance
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