Joshua S. Kelly-US PRESSWIRE
The Tigers' new head man is settling in after six years at the helm of Georgia Tech sports.
In just two weeks' time, Dan Radakovich's New Year's plans have changed quite a bit.
Instead of chowing down on Tex-Mex and watching Georgia Tech tangle with USC in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, he'll be nibbling on fried chicken and sweet tea at the Chick-Fil-A bowl.
What exactly compelled him to change his plans so much? Well, that's because the former Georgia Tech athletic director is now the Clemson AD. After six years leading the ship in Atlanta, he signed on at Clemson at the end of November -- and while that's led to some quick changes, the Tigers' new head honcho told the Herald Online that he's settling in to his role just a few weeks before the end of the all-important football season.
"It was going to take a real special place for me to leave Georgia Tech," Radakovich said. "There's not a lot of them, but this was one."
However, he did acknowledge that he didn't know everything about the Tigers just yet.
"When you walk into a position, you'll have some preconceived ideas of what need to be done," Radakovich said. "And in 100 percent of the cases, six months down the road that will be a totally different list."
While Georgia Tech football has been successful over the past few years, Radakovich now inherits a Clemson football team that has been experiencing a renaissance over the last two seasons, with back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time in more than 20 years, as well as an ACC title and a berth in last season's Orange Bowl.
For an inter-conference move, you can't do much better than that -- and even though he had to cancel a few plane flights, it appears to be well worth it.