Brownell's deal worth $10.6 million


By Ed McGranahan.

By Ed McGranahan

Clemson head basketball coach Brad Brownell agreed to a six-year contract extension guaranteeing $10.6 million, beginning with $1.55 million in 2014-2015 and escalating to $2 million annually.

Clemson announced the new contact for its men’s head basketball coach on the heels of a season that included a run to the NIT semifinals with a young, overachieving roster. TCI reported most recently that Brownell and Clemson were in negotiations following a 23-13 record.

Last year, Brownell’s contract said he was to receive  a guaranteed $1.3 million for the 2013-’14 season.

“Brad has done a tremendous job building a solid foundation for our basketball program,” director of athletics Dan Radakovich said in a release. “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.”

In four seasons at Clemson, Brownell has compiled a 74-58 record and taken the Tigers to one NCAA Tournament and one NIT berth. The team’s performance this past season reassured Radakovich who shortly after coming to Clemson said he wanted to give Brownell the resources to succeed.

Clemson improved by 10 wins over 2012-13, matching the school record for the best single-season improvement. The Tigers also doubled their conference win total over the previous season, becoming just the fourth team in Clemson history to reach double digit ACC wins.

“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. “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.”

The new agreement included a $20,000 signing bonus, according to the summary details. His base salary each year will be $245,000 with escalating supplemental income of $1.305 million to $1.755 million. In addition to the requisite perks, Brownell can pick up additional money through performance incentives including $100,000 for winning the ACC championship, $35,000 for an NCAA Tournament appearance and $10,000 for achieving a 950 Academic Progress score.

“I would like to thank Dan Radakovich, President Jim Clements and the Board of Trustees for their confidence in my leadership for the future of our basketball program,” he said. “I would also like to thank my coaching staff, as well as our current and former players for their hard work and contributions.”

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