Posted: 7:00 a.m. Monday, May 13, 2013
This year's seniors have finally graduated and Clemson is now in the full throes of summer. Summer classes will be starting up and we are finally winding down the spring sports seasons. We don't often cover Clemson athletics outside of the big 3, but there was plenty of good news over the past few weeks.
To start things off, Clemson rowing has finished 2nd in the ACC Championships that were hosted at Clemson this year. The women's team is ranked 16th in the NCAA, and finished behind Virginia who won their 4th straight conference title.
In tennis, the men's team suffered a heartbreaking loss to Tennessee while the women's team is moving on to the Sweet 16. The final stage of the women's tournament will start Thursday in Urbana, Illinois. As for the men, it was a devastating loss that came after a fantastic season. The men's team has been down in recent season but this year was a step back to the top of the ACC.
The Houston Texans held their rookie mini-camp over the weekend, and DeAndre Hopkins was fantastic. Though the camp didn't involve any of the veterans, it is good to see Hopkins impressing the coaches. Look for him to make an impact in Week 1.
The women's soccer team has had some rough years recently, but they have some good news on the recruiting front as a combination of US and Canadian international players has led to a top-10 recruiting class. These are the types of classes that should be expected from coach Eddie Radwanski in the coming years. A few more of these and the women's team could easily become an ACC power.
On the men's side, coach Mike Noonan is excited to finally have most of the debris cleared out of the soccer team. Noonan arrived at Clemson when the program was quite simply a mess, and has slowly but surely been trying to return it to the heights of the 1980's. Though the ACC is known for being a soccer power, Clemson can and should be competitive in the sport.