GREENVILLE, S.C. — When Graham Neff goes on IPTAY’s Prowl and Growl Tour events, he gets asked all kinds of questions when it comes to the fans’ beloved Clemson Tigers.
This year, however, fans are a little more direct about their Tigers, in particular, Clemson’s future in the ACC.
“From an industry standpoint, things continue to be incredibly dynamic,” Neff said after speaking to IPTAY Donors Tuesday at the Greenville Civic Center. “The College Football Playoff is expanding, so how are we continuing to position Clemson in scheduling and brand? It is easy to think conference on that and that is important.”
Last week, the ACC’s Board of Directors announced that it has endorsed a success incentive initiative that will begin during the 2024-25 academic year. The decision follows analysis and discussions that have occurred throughout the past year.
The league said the specifics of the plan are in progress and will be solidified in the coming months. Under this initiative, the implementation of the success incentives will come solely from the performance of teams in revenue generating postseason competition. All other revenues will continue to be equally shared as currently outlined.
“Obviously, the ACC’s Board of Directors and Presidents came out last week talking about ACC revenue changes with a success incentive, which is important,” Neff said. “It is something I have pushed for and have talked about. So, I was pleased to see that and how the ACC continues to position itself from a competitive standpoint.”
The 2022-’23 academic year was good for Clemson in the ACC. The Tigers won conference championships in football, women’s golf, men’s track and field and just last weekend the baseball team brought home its 11th ACC Tournament title.
The four ACC Championships are the most for the Clemson Athletic Department in an academic year since the 1998-’99 academic year.
“For baseball to win the ACC Championship on Sunday was incredible,” Neff said. “Obviously, we have a regional coming up this weekend. There are so many things to be excited about and that’s one of the things Clemson does best.
“But that was our fourth ACC Championship this year… It is really, really special, so the core competitively of it for us to put those wins up and get those trophies was really important and really exciting.”
And so is the future of Clemson Athletics, whether it is the ACC or not.
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