Good news has been rare, and it has usually been followed by something bad. There was no better example of that in the track world than Thursday's developments.
At 12:07 p.m. ET, the Virginian-Pilot reported that William & Mary was reinstating its men's track & field program just two months after cutting it in September. Unequivocally good news, and a victory for the hardworking alums and current athletes who fought to preserve the program.
Yet less than three hours later, another program was fighting for survival: Clemson announced it is cutting its men's track & XC programs at the end of the school year.
It sounds like a joke. Just three years ago, Clemson spent $55 million to build a football facility featuring a mini-golf course, barber shop, bowling alley, and "nap room." Last year, Tigers football coach Dabo Swinneyagreed to a 10-year, $93 million contract extension. But now, citing a "projected resource shortfall of $25 million," Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich has decided the best way to solve it is to cut a men's track & field program that has produced 13 individual national champions. Something doesn't add up.
Radakovich claims the decision is final, but he must not have been paying attention to William & Mary. Or Minnesota. Or Brown. Get Russell Dinkins on the phone, rally the alumni base, get the current students involved and these programs can be saved. It's time to step up. Again.
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