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Georgia Tech's Radakovich named Clemson AD

Georgia Tech's Radakovich named Clemson AD

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) While Dan Radakovich was steadily building the athletic department at Georgia Tech the past six years, he kept noticing the progress made two hours up the road by Atlantic Coast Conference rival Clemson.

Now, it's Radakovich in charge of Tiger athletics after he was hired to take over Clemson for retiring AD Terry Don Phillips.

``I watched from down I-85 as Clemson has assembled a great collection of coaches,'' Radakovich said. ``I look forward to working with them.''

He spent six years with the Yellow Jackets. He has also been an athletic administrator at South Carolina and LSU. Radakovich says he's grateful he was picked to administer the growing program, led by the defending ACC football champions.

``I always said it would take a special opportunity for me to leave Georgia Tech,'' said Radakovich, 54.

The ACC schools are about 120 miles, the distance it takes to drive from downtown Atlanta to South Carolina's foothills.

Clemson University President James F. Barker said the school looked at about 30 candidates, ranging from athletic administrators from BCS-level schools to private sector leaders.

``We set this bar very high,'' Barker said. ``We wanted an individual who knew how to lead, who knew how to win, who knew how to raise revenue.''

Barker said that person was Radakovich.

While at Georgia Tech, he oversaw 51 teams who advanced to either NCAA team tournament play or bowl games. That includes six sports - football, baseball, women's basketball, softball, women's tennis and golf - that have made the postseason every year he has been in Atlanta.

There are been 11 sports that have finished in the final top 25 of at least one major poll 27 times in those six years. That includes a national championship women's tennis program in 2007, just the second NCAA team title in Georgia Tech history. There have been 13 ACC championships celebrated in addition to nine regular season conference or division titles.

Georgia Tech President G.P. ``Bud'' Peterson said Radakovich also oversaw a significant expansion in athletic facilities.

``Under his leadership, our student-athletes have continued to excel, winning both conference and national championships. It has been a pleasure to work with him,'' Peterson said.

Georgia Tech said that senior associate AD Paul Griffin will head the department until the school finds a replacement.

Nothing everything went smoothly under Radakovich's watch. Georgia Tech was hit with NCAA sanctions in 2011 that cost the football team its 2009 ACC title, which the Yellow Jackets captured with a 39-34 victory over Clemson. Georgia Tech was also fined $100,000 and placed on four years probation.

NCAA investigators believed that Radakovich broke rules when he informed Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson of pending NCAA interviews with Yellow Jacket players. The NCAA said it was obvious the players were told how to answer the upcoming questions.

Barker said if he and Clemson's search committee weren't completely satisfied with Radakovich's actions, he would not have been hired. Radakovich called the NCAA inquiry a life-altering experience he'll never forget - nor repeat.

``Mistakes were made that I guarantee will not be made again,'' Radakovich said. ``It's a life lesson that I have and I bring to the table having been in the trenches and never wanting to return.''

Johnson, Georgia Tech's football coach, wished Radakovich well in the new position.

``Dan did a lot of good things for Georgia Tech athletics over the past six-and-a-half years,'' Johnson said. ``I appreciate everything he has done for me and my family.''

Radakovich is friends with Phillips, who spent the past 10 years leading the Tigers. When Radakovich learned of Phillips retirement, he reached out to him about the position.

Radakovich plans to spend the next two weeks or so closing Georgia Tech duties before taking over at Clemson fulltime by the end of November. He said he expected to attend all three November football home games at Memorial Stadium, against Maryland (Nov. 10), North Carolina State (Nov. 17) and against rival South Carolina - Radakovich's former employer - on Nov. 24.

Radakovich promised transparency for Clemson ticket buyers and boosters and suggested he'll use some sort of report card to let both groups know how they're money's being spent by the athletics department. He also planned to meet with all Tigers coaches about their programs as soon as he could.

``When you're in this seat,'' Radakovich said. ``You want to make sure the student athletes have the best chance to be successful.''

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Patrick Corbin's contract is insanely backloaded, but that's S.O.P. for the Nationals

Patrick Corbin's contract is insanely backloaded, but that's S.O.P. for the Nationals

The specifics of the six-year, $140 million deal Patrick Corbin signed with the Nationals have come out, and unsurprisingly, much of the money is backloaded. 

Here are the details, courtesy of Jon Heyman:

As you'll notice, the Nats will be paying Corbin $35 million in 2024, his age-35 season. That's an $11 million jump from the previous year, and $22.5 million more than he'll be making in the 2019 season. 

That may sound like a lot of money to be paying an aging pitcher in the final year of his deal. But with the Nats, that's standard operating procedure.

To demonstrate, let's take a look at the contracts of Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, Washington's other two marquee starters (contract details found on spotrac.com)

Scherzer signed a seven-year, $210 million deal with the Nats before the 2015 season, the average annual salary sitting at $30 million. However, he's only been receiving a base salary of $15 million a year -- plus signing bonus money and incentives -- through his first four years in D.C.

Why? His contract is very backloaded: starting in 2019 until his contract expires in 2021, he'll start earning a base salary close to or more than $30 million. In addition, much of his money is deferred: from 2022-28, Washington will be paying Scherzer $105 million, good for $15 million each year. 

As for Strasburg, his contract includes an even more dramatic salary jump than Corbin's or Scherzer's. Since he signed his seven-year $175 million deal, he's earned base annual salaries of $10.4 million, $15 million and $15 million from 2016-18. 

In 2019, that number balloons to $35 million, then down to $25 million in 2020 and back to $15 million in 2021 and 2022, before rising once again to the tune of a whopping $45 million in 2023!

In conclusion, the Nats will be paying their top three pitchers a ton of money, but Washington has decided to delay cutting those checks to give themselves more financial flexibility in the present. 

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Wizards vs. Celtics: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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Wizards vs. Celtics: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

The Wizards(11-16) hosts Bthe Celtics (16-10) on Wednesday night inside Capital One Arena for the first of three matchups of the 2018-19 season.

The Wizards dropped a Monday night contest in Indiana, despite an All-Star performance from Bradley Beal who poured in 30 points without John Wall in the lineup. 

The Celtics, without Kyrie Irving, defeated the New Orleans Pelicans Monday night thanks to a 31-point performance from Marcus Morris. 

One of the more recent and compelling NBA rivalries is back. 

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, and more:

WIZARDS vs. CELTICS HOW TO WATCH:

What: Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington D.C.
Time/Date: Wednesday, 12/12/18 at 7:00 p.m. ET
TV: NBC Sports Washington (7:00 p.m.)
Live stream: You can watch the Wizards vs. Celtics live stream on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and the MyTeams by NBC Sports App. . Download MyTeams now for full postgame coverage and 24/7 Wizards news.
Radio: 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs. CELTICS TV SCHEDULE:

6:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders 
6:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live
7:00 PM: Wizards vs. Celtics
9:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live 
10:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders 

WIZARDS vs. CELTICS INJURY REPORT:

Wizards: Dwight Howard (out, lumbar microdisectomy procedure)

Celtics: Aron Baynes (questionable, left ankle sprain), Gordon Hayward (doubtful, illness), Al Horford (questionable, left knee soreness), Guerschon Yabusele (out, right ankle sprain) 

WIZARDS vs. CELTICS SERIES HISTORY: 

Number of all-time Meetings: 302 games (22 playoff games)

Regular Season Record: Celtics lead series 188-114

Playoff Record: Celtics lead series 13-9

Last Meeting: Wizards beat Celtics 113-101 on 4/10/2018

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