Dan Radakovich leaves Clemson to be new athletic director at Miami

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The Clemson athletics department is looking for new leadership.

Tigers athletic director Dan Radakovich is slated to take the same position at Miami, the Hurricanes officially announced Thursday.

“One of the nation’s most well-respected athletics administrators is returning to the institution where nearly three decades ago he launched his career—the University of Miami,” the school said in a statement. “Dan Radakovich, who served as director of athletics at Clemson University for the past nine years, has been named vice president and director of athletics at Miami, President Julio Frenk announced today (Dec. 9). Radakovich will report directly to Frenk and serve as a member of his senior leadership team.”

Radakovich’s name first surfaced as a potential candidate earlier in the day on Friday when Miami Herald reporter Barry Jackson said the Clemson athletic director’s name had come up in Miami’s ongoing search for new athletic department leadership.

Miami fired former athletic director Blake James in November after eight years guiding the Hurricanes’ athletic department.

“I am so grateful to President Frenk and the University’s Board of Trustees for this incredible opportunity,” Radakovich said in the Miami news release. “Their commitment to Miami Athletics’ comprehensive pursuit of excellence and championships is what brought me back to Miami. As a unified Hurricane family—students, alumni, donors, and fans—there is nothing that we cannot accomplish. We are going to set the bar high and jump over it.”

The move less than a week after Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables left the program to take his first head coaching job at the University of Oklahoma. Tigers offensive coordinator Tony Elliott may also be on the move soon, gaining strong interest Wednesday from Virginia for its vacant head coaching position.

Radakovich was initially hired at Clemson in 2012 after spending seven years as the athletic director at Georgia Tech. The Pennsylvania native played football at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and earned his master’s in business from Miami in 1985.

During Radakovich’s tenure, Clemson football has climbed toward the top of the college football world. The Tigers won a pair of national championships in 2016 and 2018 under Dabo Swinney, while they appeared in the College Football Playoff six consecutive years between 2015 and 2020.

The Tigers finished the 2021 campaign 9-3 and will play Iowa State for the first time in program history at the Cheez-It Bowl on Dec. 29 in Orlando.

Radakovich’s time leading the Clemson athletic department included cutting of the men’s track and field and cross country teams as a cost-cutting measure amid the COVID-19 pandemic in November 2020.

At the time, Clemson projected a $25 million budgetary shortfall due to the pandemic. The move was projected to save the university $2 million. Clemson reinstated both teams earlier this year with support from alumni and boosters along with announcing the addition of the women’s lacrosse and gymnastics programs.

In addition to his time at Miami and Georgia Tech, Radakovich was the athletic director at American University in Washington, D.C., and served in varying athletic department capacities at both South Carolina and LSU.

Clemson deputy athletic director Graham Neff is a favorite to replace Radakovich, according to multiple national reports.

“If Dan Radakovich leaves Clemson, expect the Tigers to promote deputy AD Graham Neff to AD shortly afterward,” The Athletic’s Matt Fortuna posted to Twitter. “The 38-year-old Neff has played an integral part in building the infrastructure of Clemson’s football program.”

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