Brad Brownell most impressed with Radakovich's commitment to basketball

'He understands, as we all do, how important football is at Clemson. But he also understands that this is a basketball league, too'

Men's Basketball - AD Terry Don Phillips presents Brad Brownell with a ball commemorating his 200th win

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Men's Basketball - AD Terry Don Phillips presents Brad Brownell with a ball commemorating his 200th win

As his listened to Dan Radakovich's first remarks as Clemson's new athletic director on Monday, Brad Brownell heard exactly what he was hoping to hear.

"Certainly change always makes all of us a little nervous and uneasy, but I think President (James) Barker has done a very thorough job in this process and has gotten a AD that's well-respected nationally," said Brownell. "For me, it's exciting to see him hire an AD who really believes in basketball.

"What he's been able to do at Georgia Tech with their facilities - not just the arena that's opening this year, but with the practice facility a few years back - it's a major difference...There's a plan in place to start that, and to have somebody here who's gone through it and knows all the hurdles that you have get over to get it done, that's exciting to me."

Brownell said that like Dabo Swinney, he has strong feelings about retiring athletic director Terry Don Phillips.

"You're never excited about change when you're with somebody you respect and care about," Brownell said. "Dabo I both have strong feelings for Terry Don because he gave both of us the opportunity to be head coaches here. He's been unbelievable to work with during our time here as head coaches, and we have a tremendous comfort level with him.

"Having said that, we're excited for Terry Don to move into the next phase of his life. He deserves that, and I'm really happy for him and Tricia."

Brownell said Radakovich understands the importance of basketball, in the ACC and at Clemson.

"What he's gone at Georgia Tech shows an incredible commitment to basketball," said Brownell. "I'm sure it wasn't easy. To get those projects done in a short amount of time certainly speaks to what he's able to do as a fundraiser - and not just a fundraiser, but a visionary...Our program needs some help that way. Georgia Tech, under Dan's leadership, has been able to take another step.

"It's exciting to me that having been in the ACC the past six years, he understands, as we all do, how important football is at Clemson. But he also understands that this is a basketball league, too. There are a lot of universities in this league that put forth a lot of time, energy, effort and money to be successful. We have to make sure we're doing all those things, as well, if we're going to give ourselves a chance to be successful."

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