ACC Football: Clemson Tigers Name Dan Radakovich New Athletic Director
So 50+ years after the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets stole a man by the name of John Heisman away from the Clemson, South Carolina, the Clemson Tigers are set to return the favor in a big way.
Multiple reports have Clemson set to name current Georgia Tech AD Dan Radakovich as the Athletic Director for the Tigers replacing Terry Don Phillips who is retiring.
Bart Wright of the Greenville News was the first to confirm the reports of the hiring on twitter.
Radakovich seems to have surprisingly beaten out current Clemson Senior Associate AD Bill D’Andrea.
D’Andrea started as a Graduate Assistant and has been with the Tigers for 25 years.
This is an interesting hire by Clemson in tabbing Radakovich who is known for his mastery of planning and advancing the facilities at Georgia Tech and for allowing recruiting violations that ultimately caused the Yellow Jackets to get stripped of its 2009 ACC Football Championship.
Radakovich was a TE and punter at Indiana University of Pennsylvania whose first job in College Athletics was as the Athletics Business Manager for the Miami Hurricanes.
He has also been very successful as the Associate AD with the Long Beach State Gauchos and the Associate AD with the South Carolina Gamecocks before moving on to the be the AD with the American University Eagles .
Prior to joining Georgia Tech, Radakovich was the Senior Associate AD with the LSU Tigers where he was directly responsible for the $90 million renovation to Tiger Stadium and developed the LSU Football Ticket Exchange Program.
Radakovich has been the AD at Georgia Tech since 2006 and was directly responsible for the renovations at Alexander Memorial Coliseum as well as other major projects.
The interesting between the lines hiring of Radakovich has more to do with Georgia Tech than Clemson to be honest.
Radakovich was praised for his hiring of Head Coach Paul Johnson who is on his last leg as the the leader of the Yellow Jackets.
He also beat out Tech Hall of Famer Bill Curry for the AD job back in 2006 to the surprise of many.
Curry took on the task of creating and field a football team with the Georgia State Panthers but announced at the beginning of 2012 he would be retiring.
With Radakovich gone to Clemson and Johnson on the way out, look for Curry to be the front runner for the AD job at Georgia Tech.
Rant Sports will keep you up to date on when Radakovich is officially announced as the new AD later on today.
M Shannon Smallwood has over 10 years of experience in broadcasting and journalism in professional baseball and college athletics and is the ACC Football Guru, SEC Voice of Reason and College Football Comedian for Rant Sports.
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