Littlejohn plans, athletic facilities high on agenda for Clemson board meeting

Items for consideration include football operations center, West End Zone project, Doug Kingsmore Stadium additions

Clemson athletes from several sports held their annual Be A T.I.G.E.R. field day for young fans on the lawn at Littlejohn Coliseum on Saturday before the spring football game

Photo by Mark Crammer

Clemson athletes from several sports held their annual Be A T.I.G.E.R. field day for young fans on the lawn at Littlejohn Coliseum on Saturday before the spring football game

Developing a new Littlejohn Coliseum is one of the topics Clemson University trustees plan to discuss at their quarterly get together Thursday and Friday.

It doesn’t appear, however, that trustees will take up the school’s ongoing presidential search. The committee charged with finding James Barker’s successor has met in executive session three times in the last week, including closed-door gatherings in Greenville and Atlanta, fueling speculation that finalists for the job had been identified. The search is not included in any of the trustees’ public business scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

The board will be busy, nonetheless. The trustees’ finance and facilities committee is set to meet Friday morning to take up several subjects, including “pre-concept approvals” for a new Littlejohn Coliseum, a football operations facility and a tennis complex. The committee also is expected to give final approvals to the $3 million addition to Doug Kingsmore Stadium and the $16 million West End Zone project for Memorial Stadium, which includes a new campus museum. The committee recommendations will be passed on to the full board for a vote Friday.

Athletic director Dan Radakovich, who took over from Terry Don Phillips last October, said Wednesday that he would not comment on the proposal until after the committee takes it up. But he has spoken several times over the last year about the need to address Littlejohn’s shortcomings compared with facilities for other basketball programs in the Atlantic Coast Conference, particularly the lack of training space and other accommodations.

He has not indicated publicly whether he thinks renovation would suffice or if a new facility is needed. But he did tell an Anderson Chamber of Commerce gathering in August that giving Littlejohn a new purpose as a student recreation center was one of the options being considered.

Other business scheduled includes:

• a 4:30 p.m. reception Thursday in honor of retired provost Dori Helms;

• updates on the search for a new Clemson Extension director and the status of federal funding and the omnibus Farm bill still before the U.S. Congress;

• briefings from staff and faculty senate leaders, as well as undergraduate and graduate student groups;

• approvals of resolutions for state bonds to fund work on Freeman Hall and the Clemson Architectural Center in Charleston; and

• a proposal for a new Bachelor of Arts and Science degree for justice studies.

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rsb8931#286014 writes:

I could have sworn the West End Zone is a relatively new thing and they begged a lot of people for money for a long time and then built the thing. What are they gonna build down there now that cost $16,000,000. Isn't the West End Zone a pretty nice thing now and didn't they get the football offices in down there like they wanted? What the heck, just raise tuition by 20% like the Board of Trustees always do when they need money. There is so much fat in the Athletic Department budget all they would have to do is trim a little and poof, they would have plenty of money.

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