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Georgia Tech AD Dan Radakovich To Replace Terry Don Phillips At Clemson
Published October 30, 2012
WHAT'S THE BUZZ? In Atlanta, Ken Sugiura writes Radakovich’s time at GT “makes a compelling case for his ambitiousness.” In a weakened economy, Radakovich "led construction projects for an indoor football practice facility, a softball stadium, a tennis complex, a basketball practice facility and the renovation of Alexander Memorial Coliseum.” He instituted the TECH Fund, which "requires a donation to the department in order to purchase prime football and men’s basketball season tickets.” But Sugiura writes, “Undeniably Radakovich’s albatross will be the NCAA investigation into improper benefits to two football players.” Radakovich’s final day at GT “will be Nov. 15 and he will begin working at Clemson at the end of November.” GT President Bud Peterson said that the school “will interview search firms and assemble a search committee.” Peterson yesterday said that he “expects the process to take two to three months” (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 10/30). Also in Atlanta, Mark Bradley wrote Radakovich is “ducking out on a program in disarray.” Those who know Radakovich “always believed that when he left … it would be for a big-time SEC school.” Facility-wise, Radakovich “did well for Tech.” But with "football in decline and men’s basketball in rebuilding mode, the eyeball diagnosis is of an athletic program on wobbly legs.” Bradley: “There’s no buzz, pun intended, around Tech sports.” The next AD “needs to be more a promoter than a money man” (AJC.com, 10/29).