One Quick Thing: Graham Neff, don't be afraid to move the goalposts

I should be excited for Clemson's first appearance in the Big Dance in years, but I'm not. I don't think many other fans are either, and that's a big indicator of where this program stands right now.
Clemson Athletic Director Graham Neff, Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C.
Clemson Athletic Director Graham Neff, Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C. / Ken Ruinard / staff / USA TODAY NETWORK

As of 2:30 AM Saturday, Joe Lunardi of ESPN predicted Clemson Men’s Basketball would be 7-seed in the East Region, playing their first-round game in Omaha, Nebraska. They would face the 10-seed Texas A&M. The winner of that game would face the winner of 2-seed Iowa State and 15-seed South Dakota State.

Jerry Palm of CBS has Clemson as an 8-seed, James Fletcher of On3 as a 7-seed, and Mike DeCourcy of FOX as a 7-seed. The verdict is in. Clemson will be in the NCAA Tournament, despite the pitiful display they put on in the ACC Tournament.

I really want to be excited about Clemson’s first appearance in the Big Dance in years, but I’m just not there yet.

I know it's possible that Clemson could go on a run in this tournament. I have made that point multiple times over the last couple of months. Possible doesn’t mean likely.

Likely is that the Tigers will underwhelm, Brad Brownell will be retained because the team made the NCAA Tournament, and this misery will continue.

Will I get to the point where I will be excited for Clemson’s tip in the first round of the Dance? Probably. It’s just a crying shame that I am not excited now, and based on what I’ve seen on social media, most Tiger fans are right where I am.

Clemson didn’t need to win the ACC Tournament. They didn’t need to make the semis. They just needed to show up, play good basketball, and not disappoint. A close win against BC and a well-played loss against Virginia would have been enough. I would have clapped and said ‘Good game fellas’ and started getting excited for the bracket reveal on Sunday.

I didn’t get that, you didn’t get that, none of us got that. Would making a change at the head coaching position make a difference? Maybe, maybe not, especially if you are talking about records and scoreboards. Clemson Men’s Basketball has never been very good.

Fans of a program like Clemson Men’s Basketball need hope. Hope that things will get better. Hell, I’ll settle for can get better right now.

I don’t feel like fans of Clemson Men’s Basketball have much hope right now. Some people are saying the right things but I doubt they are really feeling it deep inside.

Therefore, I hope Athletic Director Graham Neff isn’t afraid to move the goalposts and give Clemson fans hope. If this team doesn’t do anything short of spectacular in the NCAA Tournament, there needs to be a change at the head of the program.