Clemson, Brownell agree to six-year deal

Clemson coach Brad Brownell talks with Clemson's K.J. McDaniels (32) in the first half at Littlejohn Coliseum on Saturday.

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Clemson coach Brad Brownell talks with Clemson's K.J. McDaniels (32) in the first half at Littlejohn Coliseum on Saturday.

Following a season that saw Clemson exceed expectations with a 20-plus win season and trip to the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament, men’s basketball coach Brad Brownell has been awarded a contract extension.

The school made the announcement on Friday.

According to a report from the Charleston Post and Courier Brownell, who earns a base salary of $1.55 million as well as supplemental pay, will have his compensation increase to $2 million by the 2019-20 season when the new deal expires.

Brownell is 72-58 at Clemson, leading the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament in his first season in 2010-11. He is 241-143 overall, including stints at UNC Wilmington and Wright State.

“I am thrilled to be the head basketball coach at Clemson and take great pride in the many accomplishments of our players on and off the court,” Brownell said in a statement released by the school. “I look forward to building on the success of this past season and believe there is a great deal of positive momentum within the program.”

Clemson was 13-18 in 2012-13, Brownell’s third season at the helm. Prospects of a postseason beyond the ACC Tournament appeared dim entering his fourth year as the team had no seniors and a wealth of inexperience.

However, junior wing K.J. McDaniels helped the squad over achieve with a scrappy, defense-first approach.

“Brad has done a tremendous job building a solid foundation for our basketball program,” athletics director Dan Radakovich said. “I have the utmost confidence in Brad to continue to build as we compete in the nation’s best basketball conference. We’re excited to have him lead our program into the future for a long time to come.”

Clemson finished 23-13, marking just the fourth time in school history the program has reached double digit victories in league play.

The 2013-14 campaign came to a close in New York with a loss to SMU in the NIT semifinals, but Brownell was already looking ahead to the 2014-15.

“You’ve got to really work at it in this league, but it’s been a very good year,” he said after the game. “I think we have rejuvenated our fan base a little bit and I’m very excited with where we’re going.”

Although McDaniels is headed to the NBA, Brownell expects to get leadership (as well as points, assists and rebounds) from point guard Rod Hall, shooting guard Damarcus Harrison and center Landry Nnoko, who became more of a presence toward the back end of last season.

Brownell also anticipates contributions from returning shooting guard Austin Ajukwa as well as fall signees Gabe DeVoe and Donte Grantham.

“We have some young men in our program (Hall and Nnoko) who made huge strides this year and have become good players,” Brownell said. “Now, if you’re going to take the next step, you need more guys to be great players. We just need a little more consistency from a few more guys.”

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SoCalTiger writes:

The only expectation is to "compete in the nation's best conference"..."for a long time to come." What he didn't say is that they don't expect to win the ACC and/or go deep in the NCAA tournament and that the NIT is good enough for now.

13tiger5 writes:

We basically had 2 lost years of recruiting between Purnell's last year and Brownell's first, so our roster had no talent for him to work with. Ask BC, GT, VT, and Wake how hard it can be to dig out of that hole. Brownell is definitely a great basketball mind and bringing the program back to respectability. All you can hope for from Clemson basketball is to compete every year and get lucky once in a while with a deep post season run.

SoCalTiger writes:

in response to 13tiger5:

We basically had 2 lost years of recruiting between Purnell's last year and Brownell's first, so our roster had no talent for him to work with. Ask BC, GT, VT, and Wake how hard it can be to dig out of that hole. Brownell is definitely a great basketball mind and bringing the program back to respectability. All you can hope for from Clemson basketball is to compete every year and get lucky once in a while with a deep post season run.

The hope for the best attitude that prevails is disappointing. Not sure what you mean by bringing the program back to respectability. It had that when OP was here. If it was lost, it was lost by Brownell. Recruiting is Brownell's weakness. The elites have transferred or left the program. No elites are considering Clemson. I'm just scratching my head as to why they would sign him for 6 years.

SlappleDapple writes:

Please list the elite players that OP brought to Clemson and the elite players that have transferred or left the program since BB has been coach.

YabbaDaboDooDoo writes:

in response to SlappleDapple:

Please list the elite players that OP brought to Clemson and the elite players that have transferred or left the program since BB has been coach.

Trevor Booker ring a bell? How about signing the first McDonald's all-american since Sharone Wright?

The elite players that have transferred under Brownell? That's a trick question, right? Since he hasn't recruited any?

YabbaDaboDooDoo writes:

in response to 13tiger5:

We basically had 2 lost years of recruiting between Purnell's last year and Brownell's first, so our roster had no talent for him to work with. Ask BC, GT, VT, and Wake how hard it can be to dig out of that hole. Brownell is definitely a great basketball mind and bringing the program back to respectability. All you can hope for from Clemson basketball is to compete every year and get lucky once in a while with a deep post season run.

A coaching change doesn't mean that you have to suffer in recruiting. Clemson replaced the successful up-tempo coach with a slow-tempo style coach. That decision almost guarantees a recruiting disruption. This was a self-inflicted wound.

Bigboots writes:

Why doesn't usc have a men's basketball team?
Most schools do these days.

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