The Clemson baseball team is closing in a host bid for an NCAA regional.
The men's and women's tennis teams are in the NCAA tournament, the women playing at home in the first two rounds.
Both the men's and women's track teams are ranked among the top 15 in the country, building a bank of regional qualifiers capable of advancing and scoring at the national meet.
The rowing program plays host to the ACC championship regatta next weekend, in hopes of gaining entry to the NCAA championship via a new qualification process that Tigers' coach Robbie Tenebaum says is good for the sport, but which may make it more difficult for Clemson to earn an invitation.
The golf team is awaiting assignment to one of six regional tournaments, in hopes of getting back to this year's big show, which is being played in suburban Atlanta.
In other words, it's been a pretty good season already for Clemson's spring sports.
At Clemson, expectations are uniformly high. And it's worth celebrating when a team makes it back to its NCAA championship event after a too-long absence.
For that reason, among many, Chuck McCuen was in an almost celebratory mood when he gathered his men's tennis team around him at Cary Tennis Center last weekend after it had dropped a hard-fought 4-0 decision to unbeaten, year-long No. 1 Virginia.
McCuen wasn't peddling 'consolation' or anything of the sort to his bitterly disappointed team. He, from the perspective of age and experience, had just witnessed a tangible display of progress - another indication of a team, and a program, growing up and regaining its traditional footing at an elite national level.
It was important, to McCuen personally and to his program, that the Tigers make a breakthrough this season. Four years ago, he brought in Yannick Maden, from Stuttgart, Germany, and Zack Rigsby, from Simpsonville, S.C. with a promise that Clemson men's tennis was going somewhere, and a challenge to them to help make it happen.
Four years later, the Tigers are back in the NCAA team tournament for the first time since 2007, a foundation has been laid, and an example has been set.
For McCuen, who considers himself first and foremost a teacher, it was important for his players to understand what they have accomplished.
"You don't always get the result, but they've grown and they understand the importance of process," said McCuen, who is finishing his fifth season at the helm of the Clemson program. "What we saw today against Virginia was a culmination of work, another step forward and growth. This sport is all about growth. We grew, and that's exciting."
McCuen said that in part, the Tigers have grown through adversity.
"All season, we've tried to stretch them by putting them in challenging situations," he said. "I remember after I got this job, I sat down with them and told them that if they wanted quick fixes, I wasn't their guy. This is a process and I'm a teacher. That's what I was raised to do, to teach.
"So we threw them into the fire from day-one with some really challenging matches and they learned from every tough loss.
"I'm a firm believer that sometimes my greatest learning takes place when my face is in the ground and I'm beat up. That's when I tend to get it. I've tried to sort of give these guys that same experience of growing through tough losses.
"It's been four years to get here, and I won't lie to you, it's been disappointing not to have been here before now," he added. "This is the most meaningful, because this is with the guys that we've raised up."
McCuen's tennis team and the eight-time ACC champion women's track squad are the most veteran of Clemson's springtime contenders.
Jack Leggett has seen his baseball squad improve over the course of the season as a large group of young players have found their footing.
Larry Penley's golf team has a lone senior in Crawford Reeves, and last week started three freshmen in the ACC tournament for just the second time ever.
Nancy Harris' 11th-ranked women's tennis team has no seniors or juniors, and one of its three invitees to the NCAA singles championship, Liz Jeukeng, won't turn 17 until the day of her first NCAA match.
There's every reason to believe that for all, the best is yet to come.