CLEMSON — From full cost of attendance to a four-year guaranteed scholarship, from new facilities to life lessons, Clemson is vowing to continue protecting and developing its student-athletes.
Clemson University and athletic director Dan Radakovich unveiled Tuesday a 12-step list of principles called “The Clemson Will” it plans to devote to the Tigers in all sports.
“This document outlines the promises we make to any student-athlete who puts on the Orange and Purple to represent Clemson University,” Radakovich said in a statement. “Many of these guarantees and promises are not new, as Clemson has long been a leader in student-athlete welfare.”
The only recent development is a new mandate across the NCAA’s universities, which is covering the full costs of attendance for scholarship athletes.
Radakovich told reporters March 30 that Clemson is budgeting an estimated $925,000 annually to cover full cost of attendance, which works out to $3,608 per student. Clemson has an estimated 300-350 students receiving a full or partial athletic scholarship.
Although technically all NCAA scholarships are renewable one-year offers, Clemson has, like other schools, written in its student handbook that all its offers are good for four years.
In Tuesday’s release, the school wrote, “No scholarship — be it head count or equivalency sport — shall be reduced or removed on the basis of a student-athlete’s ability, performance or contribution to a team’s success; because of an injury, illness or physical or mental medical condition; or for any other athletics reason.” A school spokesman said that has been Clemson’s policy since the mid-1990s.
Also among the tenets: a “TIGER TRUST” program designed to give former athletes out of eligibility the opportunity to return to school and complete their degree; “top-quality, comprehensive healthcare for all student-athletes including preventative car, rehabilitation and mental wellness;” and open lines of communication to voice concerns toward athletic department policies.
Since Radakovich took over the department in December 2012, Clemson has pledged more than $175 million toward facilities.
The Clemson Will includes the school’s inaugural tenets established in 1896, the school’s first year of collegiate competition. Those are twofold: competing for championships and providing top coaching and instruction toward athletic development.
Clemson student-athletes during the 2004-07 academic years produced a graduation success rate of 91, which ranks third in the country among public universities.
“From IPTAY’s emphasis on support of Vickery Hall, to the emphasis placed on graduation and preparation for life by each of our coaches, it’s good to see the numbers continue to show the results of the hard work of everyone in our department,” Radakovich said. “Clemson continues to show it is a leader in both the academic and athletic fields, and credit belongs with each of our student-athletes who have worked to achieve both on and off the field.”