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June 17, 2021 — Striking a balance

If there’s one major trend when it comes to the expansion of collegiate women’s lacrosse at the Division I level the last couple of decades, it’s the fact that many of the newer schools — Arizona State, Oregon, Southern California, Florida, Louisville, Cincinnati, Michigan, and Colorado among them — spend an awful lot of their athletics budget on football. Lacrosse is an easy sport to add, logic dictates, to create a Title IX balance.

So, I find it interesting that a football school from the Atlantic Coast Conference — a conference that has had a representative in the Division I women’s lacrosse title game the last eight times of asking — announced its intention to field a women’s lacrosse team.

But the school isn’t Miami, which had set off a seismic quake in the collegiate universe when an announcement — since rescinded — was made in 2004 for a 2007 start.

Instead, it is Clemson, a school which has been in the top four each of the last six years in football.

Of course, the top question on everyone’s mind in the lacrosse community is the degree to which the school will devote resources to the team in order to help them succeed.

And the thing about Clemson is that it is located in the heart of Southern scholastic lacrosse excellence. The school can attract players from top programs such as Milton (Ga.), Delray American Heritage (Fla.), and Myers Park (N.C.) as well as state Class AAAA champion Daniel Island Bishop England (S.C.).

Now, the first thing that the athletic department has to do is to find a coach. And given the coaching moves around Division I since Memorial Day Weekend, I’ll be interested to see just who is chosen to navigate this nascent program.

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