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The Will to Lead: A Campaign for Clemson not only reached its goal of $600 million by its June 30,...

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The Will to Lead: A Campaign for Clemson not only reached its goal of $600 million by its June 30, 2012, deadline, it surpassed it by nearly $9 million. Six years ago, the Will to Lead campaign began with a goal to support students and faculty and to provide an exceptional education. The campaign created 357 new scholarships and fellowships and provided endowed chairs, professorships and support for 95 faculty. The Will to Lead campaign has made it possible for Clemson to renovate and/or build new facilities and support programs that give students a more hands-on, engaged learning experience. There is so much more to do — so many more needs to be met. Clemson will continue the Will to Lead campaign to $1 billion.

Clemson's major announcement was what we predicted. As much as I dislike Barker and his penny-pinching over the Athletic Department this decade, this is a great achievement and a job well done. I guess my only issue with such a fundraiser, which we do need for various reasons, is that they'll continue raising the tuition/fees costs for students to attend no matter how much they intake.

RT @GeorgeSchroeder: News beginning to filter out that SEC will go to 9-game schedule. Good news...

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RT @GeorgeSchroeder: News beginning to filter out that SEC will go to 9-game schedule. Good news for equity in cfb. Big Ten, you're on clock— Darryl Slater (@DarrylSlater) July 20, 2012

Per Darryl Slater of the Post & Courier. Take it or leave it as it is, though I'm not holding my breath.

the budget endorses the administration’s commitment to fund the Clemson 2020 plan through new...

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the budget endorses the administration’s commitment to fund the Clemson 2020 plan through new revenue generation and internal reallocations. The Clemson 2020 Road Map is a 10-year strategic plan that calls for investments in faculty hires, student engagement, upgraded facilities and technology, and faculty and staff compensation — with most of the funding to come from existing resources and new revenues... Provost Dori Helms reported that applications for freshman admission already had surpassed last year’s record. As of June 24, freshman applications totaled 17,019 — 5,885 in-state and 11,134 out-of-state. Transfer applications totaled 2,225, also an increase from 2010. Graduate applications were up 3.3 percent, to 6,121, as of July 1.

Shhh, don't tell Barker that an ACC Championship resulted in record applications to Clemson. Just like we've been saying all along. A successful athletics program only helps the University as a whole by more margin than any Time or US News ranking.

Friday, June 1 - 4 PM EST - ESPNU/ESPN3 1 South Carolina (40-17) #8 National Seed 4 Manhattan...

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Friday, June 1 - 4 PM EST - ESPNU/ESPN3 1 South Carolina (40-17) #8 National Seed 4 Manhattan (33-25) Friday, June 1 - 12:00 PM EST - ESPNU/ESPN3 3 Coastal Carolina(41-17) 2 Clemson (33-26)

Tigers head to Cola for NCAAs

In general, we talked about athletics, but we called an executive session and we talked about the...

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In general, we talked about athletics, but we called an executive session and we talked about the ACC contract and the television contract. We did talk about that in great detail. We talked about the general status of conferences right now, and at the very end we talked about tuition and fees for the upcoming school year. Those were the various subjects." We tried to separate the facts from the rumors. This board is very committed to Clemson athletics and Clemson sports. We want Clemson teams to be the best they can be. We are very interested in a football program that is excelling at a high level, and we would consider, as we should, any viable option from any conference if we received any. We have not received any. In the meantime we are committed to working to make the ACC the strongest conference possible. We took no votes and took no action, we just had a general discussion about the lay of the land." If we were contacted by a conference, we would obviously listen to what they had to say. And then we would make a reasonable decision. We aren’t seeking that, and we aren’t making any overtures about that. I think we have a responsibility to consider any viable component that would come our way. But we haven’t been contacted by anybody. We just want Clemson athletics to be the best they can be. This board is committed to Clemson athletics."

Wilkins comments following BOT meeting. Nothing said here should be unexpected from a lawyer and former SC House Speaker. I know they did not vote on an offer because no offer has yet come, but they did discuss the financial situation of the contracts and affects of travel. Wait until after the next BCS meeting, I'd be surprised if anything official happened before that time. It is also my understanding that TCU and WV do not get full voting rights until the end of June in the Big XII. Oliver Luck may yet get his wish of toppling Swofford for thumbing his nose at WVU. It is my opinion that if an offer comes, Clemson will take it.

Yes, it would (surprise him.) I base that on talking to their presidents and their AD’s who have...

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Yes, it would (surprise him.) I base that on talking to their presidents and their AD’s who have told me that there have been absolutely no contact or conversation with the Big 12. The Big 12 commissioner told me the same thing yesterday. So, yes I find those comments, (chuckling) just one more rumor." Yeah, we’ve got a league in which, you know, people sit in a room and talk very forthrightly with each other. There’s a lot of respect within the room, there is a lot of trust within the room, and on this particular subject, and by the subject I mean conference affiliation, I think we’ve all learned, or should have over the last two or three years that there are an awful lot of things put out there that have no foundation or basis of truth and often times are irresponsible in being out there in the first place. That is part of the world we live in unfortunately. Consequently what I pay attention to, and what we pay attention to in this league are what is said from our presidents and their AD’s and quite honestly I have talked to each of those presidents within the last 48 hours and that’s not at all what I’m hearing from our schools."

Outkick The Coverage

Last summer there was reporting and speculation about Clemson jumping to the SEC, and you said at...

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Last summer there was reporting and speculation about Clemson jumping to the SEC, and you said at the time it was ridiculous and nothing more than rumors. Same story this time around with the Big 12? "The thing with Florida State, that obviously came up with the comments made out of Florida. I guess we were in Amelia Island this time last week. So this is something that's reared its head by virtue of those comments, and then subsequently the president as well as the athletic director made their comments. And there's a lot of conjecture. "The thing about it is - in the ACC, for example - we've got colleagues and friends all across the country that you always talk to. So I just don't want things to be misconstrued." You have some pretty close ties with Big 12 folks from your Southwest Conference and Big 12 days. Have you spoken with them? "I'm not going to get into who I talk with and who I don't talk with." In the past, when talking about searches or salaries, you've talked about benchmarking and metrics. Is there anyone at Clemson who has studied the marketplace with regard to Clemson's positioning in the ACC contract vs others? "First of all, with regard to conference contracts, that's one of the questions out there is what exactly is in the ACC contract. We don't have a contract in our office here. The conference offices keep those contracts. They're not subject to FOIA. You can determine where you are by looking at tax returns. They've got the final tax return. But it doesn't give you the specific provisions of the contract." LW interview with TDP. Two great dodges and one big WTF. CU doesnt even get a copy of the contract itself? The impression I get is that he's not happy with the ACC and these nonanswers, along with his strong answer on CU needing to be in the conversation nationally, indicate Clemson is going to accept an offer if it comes.

@DaQuanBowers91 "2013?? Get real... I'm playing THIS year 2012"

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@DaQuanBowers91 "2013?? Get real... I'm playing THIS year 2012"

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'It would cost either school $3 million if they bailed out of one of the scheduled games, an...

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'It would cost either school $3 million if they bailed out of one of the scheduled games, an increase of $2.5 million from the $500,000 fee in the original contract, according to an addendum to the game contract obtained by the Athens Banner-Herald in an open records request. 'Both schools committed to keeping the games even with the Atlantic Coast Conference planning to increase the number of league games its teams play to nine. 'Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips wrote in a letter to Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity on April 17 that serves as an addendum to the game contract that "despite conference realignment and the expected increase in conference games required by the Atlantic Coast Conference, we are both committed to maintaining the football series between Clemson Universiy and the University of Georgia to play football in 2013 and 2014. To further solidify that commitment and protect either institution from the loss of revenue should either game within that series be cancelled without mutual consent, we have agreed to amend section 15 of the contract agreement and set the cancellation fee at $3,000,000." Both athletic directors have signed the addendum.'

Orange & White report from the Athens Banner-Herald
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