So for the moment, the spotlight is on the newly minted Hall of Famer who’s been a baseball skipper since Swinney and Brownell were in grade school and has led Clemson’s baseball program longer than many of his players have been alive.
Jack Leggett and the Clemson baseball program are under the microscope.
“I look forward to speaking with Jack at the end of the season to see where the direction of our program is going to go,” Radakovich told The Post and Courier on Wednesday.
While the Tigers claw for their NCAA lives in this week’s ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Clemson’s athletic director and Leggett’s boss offered a balanced assessment before a large crowd of Tigers fans aboard the aircraft carrier Yorktown in Mount Pleasant.
“Yes, this has been disappointing, but I think people have to look at collegiate baseball as a whole,” Radakovich said at the Prowl & Growl Tour stop Wednesday night. “There are 20, 30, 40 really good programs around the country with the amount of resources that schools have been able to put into their baseball program.”
Radakovich, Clemson’s football-minded second-year AD, knows the baseball landscape. He pointed to Miami, this year’s ACC regular-season champion that was around the .500 mark the past two years, as an example of how quickly it can get good. He then referenced North Carolina and N.C. State, each College World Series participants in 2013, backtracking to the ACC tournament play-in games in 2014.
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