I’ve been to Clemson. And Eugene. And North Bend, Indiana.
There is NO … FREAKING .. WAY ….UW can’t be as successful as Clemson with a motivated organization who knows how to recruit. Shoot, put those 3 places together and they don’t come close to what UW has collectively.
Oregon lucked out because they had 1 alum with deep pockets and a corporation to sponsor their rise. If Knight had gone to Corvallis, Oregon would be Beaver-lite like they historically are.
UW has everything necessary to be a near-annual juggernaut.
Absolutely. And the thing to remember is that what Clemson is now is entirely different from what it was 10 years ago. Or 7 years ago. Or even 5 years ago.
It also takes a very literal reading of what I wrote to come to the conclusion that we need to be just like Clemson. My point was that we can be a cutting edge program, with a unique and fun culture. Clemson is those things. We can be too. That doesn’t mean we would need to do it exactly the same way (which in Clemson’s case, revolved around spending a bazillion dollars on facilities upgrades).