Dan Radakovich achieved a lot in his tenure as athletic director at Georgia Tech, including overseeing the construction of the school's new basketball arena, McCamish Pavilion.
He left Tech for Clemson in October, but returned to Atlanta to watch his son graduate in that very basketball arena recently. And he'll return to town again soon when No. 14 Clemson plays in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in the Georgia Dome on New Year's Eve against No. 9 LSU.
Radakovich spoke to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution while back in town about, among other things, the differences between the fan bases of Georgia Tech and Clemson:
"Every athletic program really wants to have their fan base to be greatly invested in their program. I think both Clemson and Georgia Tech both have that at this point. Clemson has more numbers of people who are in that boat, but that's probably about it. Scale might be a little different."
Radakovich said he was happy with maintaining and developing the new facilities at Georgia Tech, and that's something he wants to do while at Clemson as well:
"There are some facilities that I think we need to sit down with the staff and coaches and university administrators and talk about where we want to be in five to 10 years with some of these things. That is part of the listening process. That's part of the vetting out of priorities which is going on. The fact that we had done some of those things at Georgia Tech is not lost certainly on our coaches. Our basketball coaches say, ‘Hey, I know what you did down there. When's that happening here?' We're going to see where that falls on the priorities list."