Miami may or may be doing that circuit rental she sues for her soccer coach – and Manny Diaz is writhing in the wind. But if Clemson’s Dan Radakovich accepts his offer, UM will have him out of the park with his new sporting director.
The Hurricanes are pulling out all the stops to try to land a big AD name with reports that Radakovich, 63, is considering a bid of $ 3 million a year. That salary would represent an increase of more than $ 2 million per year from his current rate and make him the highest-paid DA in the country, surpassing the $ 2.4 million Texas Chris Del Conte earns.
Hiring Radakovich isn’t a done deal, according to most reports, but momentum appears to be building. A report Friday night that Radakovich informed his staff at Clemson he was leaving for Miami was shot dead.
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For many reasons, hiring Radakovich to replace Blake James, who was fired on November 16, is an immediate upgrade to the entire program, but the most pressing issue is a football program in chaos.
No other coach in the country has been sidelined by a university more than Diaz, and it’s a year in which 25 programs undergo changes, whether the coach is fired or resigns.
Miami continues its pursuit of Oregon’s Mario Cristobal, whose season has been tarnished for the past three weeks. The Ducks went from the No. 3 team in the nation to two losses to Utah by a combined scores of 76-17, including Friday night’s 38-10 loss in the Pac-12 Championship game.
Cristobal has an extension sitting on his desk that all reports have been reported to be in the range of $ 100 million over 10 years, which, surprisingly, has become the going rate for the elite – and not. if elite (see: Mel Tucker, Michigan State; and James Franklin, Penn State) – coaches in the country.
“I haven’t spoken to anyone so let’s not create a narrative,” Cristobal said Friday night after his Ducks failed to even compete against Utah for the second time in three weeks.
“Oregon is working on stuff for me and that’s what I have right now.
If there is anything to report, I will report it. If I had any plans, if I had a decision to make, or if I had something to report, I would. “
Cristobal, a Miami alumnus who began his coaching career in 1998 as a graduate assistant at UM, makes no secret of the fact that he expects to be courted.
“Do I expect people to come my way? Yes, I do,” he said. “It happens every year. Is there anything else to report besides that? There is nothing else to report other than that.”
If Radakovich is hired, we’ll know soon if he’s considering keeping Diaz, or pushing hard for Cristobal or Mississippi’s Lane Kiffin. Or maybe he’s heading in another direction, one that brings him back to his most recent stop.
Could Radakovich run for Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables, the most prominent name among assistant coaches and a candidate for the Oklahoma job? He knows what it will take to be the man who made Venables the highest paid co-ordinator in college football with $ 2.5million a year.
Let’s move on to the next point for which Radakovich would be a solid hire… new blood. Miami needs an experienced and established AD who knows the value of football but also knows how to run a sports department, not turn it into a good ol ‘club for old players.
It’s not the ’80s,’ 90s, or the early 2000s. Miami is no longer the national brand it once was. In fact, it is quite the opposite. When it comes to football, Miami is arguably the worst performing program in the country since joining the ACC in 2004, having never won a conference title and having only played one game for. the title.
Radakovich understood everything. He knows Miami, having obtained his MBA from UM Business School in 1982. And he knows ACC from having served as an AD at Georgia Tech for over six years before being hired at Clemson at the. fall. from 2012.
Over the past decade, only his Alabama counterpart, Greg Byrne, has done a better job than Radakovich in taking his school’s football program to an all-time elite level.
Dabo Swinney was already the football coach when Radakovich arrived. But that was 2012 and the Tigers had played in an ACC championship game. Three years later, Clemson would start a streak of six straight ACC titles and six straight years in college football playoffs, including two national championships (2016, 2018)
Clemson will end 2021 with its worst record in a decade. Still, with a win in a bowl, the Tigers will be 10-3, which equates to Miami’s best record in 18 years.
A big reason for this increase was a fundraising initiative that led Clemson to build the Taj Mahal of sports facilities. Widely regarded as the best facility in the country, the finishing touch was a recent $ 55 million, 140,000 square foot facelift that made Clemson the perfect place for top high school rookies. Further improvements are underway at Memorial Stadium.
Compared to a theme park, the facility includes a play slide, miniature golf course, basketball court, bowling lanes, and a Whiffle ball court. The weight room spans 23,000 square feet.
Other milestones – a $ 63 million renovation for Littlejohn Coliseum, an increase in graduation rates, the softball program starting in 2020 and winning the ACC regular season the following year, with the men’s soccer team winning the ACC Championship 2020, hundreds of millions of dollars raised.
Of course, most of that doesn’t resonate with fans who think it’s all about football. But bringing in Radakovich would only be the new blood Miami needs.