The Clemson Insider has confirmed that Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich will return Brad Brownell for an eighth season as the Tigers’ men’s basketball coach.
Radakovich meet with Brownell earlier this morning and told him he will bring him back for another season. As TCI reported on Saturday the two met for two and a half hours that morning, and Brownell told us afterwards, “It was a very productive meeting.”
Brownell just finished up his seventh season in Tigertown after a gut-wrenching loss to Oakland in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament last Tuesday. The Tigers blew a 20-point second half lead to finish the season a very disappointing 17-16.
Clemson was expected to be an NCAA Tournament team this year after the return of All-ACC forward Jaron Blossomgame and the addition of highly thought of transfers in Shelton Mitchell, Marcquise Reed and Elijah Thomas. But that did not happen. Instead, the Tigers lost 10 ACC games by six points or less and four games by two points or less and finished 12th in the ACC.
“As part of a comprehensive season-ending review and evaluation, I met for several hours with Brad Brownell to review the recently completed season and to look ahead to 2017-2018. Both of us believe strongly that we should have achieved more this season and Brad is candid with his own critique and assessment,” Radakovich later said in a press release to the media. “As we move forward, I expect Brad to make changes in the program to better position us for success. He continues to represent Clemson University with integrity and class, and we will continue to do all that we can to help him as we expect to achieve consistent success with our men’s basketball program.”
Brownell has amassed a 124-103 record (55 percent win percentage) in his seven seasons so far. The Tigers made the NCAA Tournament just one time—Brownell’s first year—and had two NIT appearances in those seven seasons.
Brownell won 56 ACC regular season games and three ACC Tournament games. In fact, his 59 ACC wins are tied with Cliff Ellis for the most by a Clemson men’s basketball coach. In his seven years, the Tigers have had one losing season and just three times they had a losing mark in the ACC, including this past year’s 6-12 mark.
Stayed tuned to TCI as we will have more information and details on Radakovich’s decision to keep Brownell for an eighth season.