Brad Brownell "comfortable" he will be retained at season's end


  by - Senior Writer - 2017-03-13 14:51:56.0
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Brownell says he feels "comfortable" he will be the coach at Clemson next season

CLEMSON – Clemson’s 17-15 season earned the Tigers a No. 2 in the National Invitational Tournament brackets that were announced Sunday afternoon. It wasn’t what head coach Brad Brownell wanted, it wasn’t what the players wanted, and it wasn’t what the fans wanted.

However, Brownell told TigerNet Monday afternoon that he thinks his program is in a “good place” and that he expects to be the head coach at Clemson next season, saying that he has received positive support from administrators.

Brownell started by saying there is disappointment in not making the NCAA Tournament for a sixth consecutive season.

“There is. Absolutely. It's what we wanted to play in and we were close, but it's (being close) not what we needed,” he said. “There's some disappointment from that, but having said that, we can't worry about it. We have to get on to the next thing and the next thing is trying to get ready for Oakland and understanding that we're still in a very prestigious tournament and we want to play well and do well in that.”

It’s the second bid to the National Invitation Tournament under Brad Brownell. In 2014, K.J. McDaniels led Clemson to the NIT semifinals in Madison Square Garden, where the Tigers fell to SMU 65-59.

Clemson last made the NCAA Tournament in 2011 – Brownell’s first season at Clemson – winning a First Four game against University of Alabama-Birmingham before losing to West Virginia in the second round.

Prior to 2011, Clemson made the NCAA Tournament the previous three years under former head coach Oliver Purnell, however, all three years the Tigers failed to make it past the first round. The last time Clemson won a game was in 1997, when a Rick Barnes led team made it all the way to the Sweet Sixteen.

Brownell was asked what he would tell the fans if he had the chance, and he said that he thinks his program is on solid footing.

“The program is very healthy and is in a good place. It's very difficult because college basketball has become about March Madness, so when you don't do that it doesn't feel like you've had a good year,” he said. “We didn't achieve what we wanted to achieve by getting to the NCAA Tournament, but I think the quality of our play was pretty good this year. We did have some mistakes at the end of games that cost us. We missed some free throws, we missed a couple of defensive assignments, we had a couple of bad offensive possessions, but the quality of play was very good most of the year. I feel like our recruiting is good. I feel like we're bringing in good players and that keeps getting better.

“The facility and the changes we have here have brought a lot of excitement. There's not only a strong fan base in terms of people coming to games, but there's been a really strong donor group that was not in place six years ago that has really helped make this building what it is and as special as it is. I think those people really see what we're doing. Our players graduate. They do the right things and they're very involved in community service. It's unfortunate that the last two years we've been probably two games away from it (NCAA Tournament) and we need to get over that hump and certainly we're working extremely hard to do that.”

He then said he feels like he will retain his job.

“It's really not my decision, but yes, I do,” Brownell said. “Dan (Radakovich) and the administration handle all of those things. We're not at the end of the season so we haven't had our end of the year meeting, but he's been very supportive. I think he recognizes a lot of the positive things happening in our program. So, yes, I feel comfortable.

“I can't control those things, so I'm not going to worry about everything that's going on around me. I think our program is in really good place, minus winning a couple of more games in the last two seasons. We're certainly working really hard to do that and on the track to doing it. Positive comments from our administrators support that. There are a lot of things going on within our program that people should be proud of and I think people recognize that. We do need to win a couple of more games and that's what we're going to work to do.”

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New Story: Brad Brownell "comfortable" he will be retained at season's end
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Re: New Story: Brad Brownell "comfortable" he will be retained at season's end
Clemalum07®
and Todd whines***
CM Shack
truth bothers some people more than others***
CM Shack
Re: truth bothers some people more than others***
Clemalum07®
how am I struggling? Can you provide specific examples?***
CM Shack
Re: New Story: Brad Brownell "comfortable" he will be retained at season's end
TigerHawk76®
"Good place"???? Zero Big Dance invites in 6 years???
ClemsonRT®
Re: "Good place"???? Zero Big Dance invites in 6 years???
Tiger Michael
Re: New Story: Brad Brownell "comfortable" he will be retained at season's end
Tiger Michael
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tiggerz04®
Re: New Story: Brad Brownell "comfortable" he will be retained at season's end
Tiger Michael
Re: New Story: Brad Brownell "comfortable" he will be retained at season's end
drmyeyes
You do know that the new facilities aren't supposed to make us instantly good, right?
Judge Keller
Re: New Story: Brad Brownell "comfortable" he will be retained at season's end
tiggerz04®
Re: New Story: Brad Brownell "comfortable" he will be retained at season's end
drmyeyes
Re: New Story: Brad Brownell "comfortable" he will be retained at season's end
tiggerz04®
Delusion of grandeur... Tommy Bowden 2.0***
BlueRidgeTiger16
Re: Delusion of grandeur... Tommy Bowden 2.0***
Tiger Michael
Re: Delusion of grandeur... Tommy Bowden 2.0***
tiggerz04®
It's been 7 years pal, it's not going to work
BlueRidgeTiger16
Re: It's been 7 years pal, it's not going to work
tiggerz04®
terrible comparison
franc1968®
Tommy West is a much better comparison. We improved
Smiling Tiger®
Brownlee will be lecturing us about parity soon***
CTiger423®
You're doin' a heckuva job, Brownie!***
FootballFan36
I liked Bowden too, and was against his firing. I was wrong!***
tigeron®
Lost to Va Tech twice by one point ... Va Tech in! - CU out!
apextiger®
Yes!!!! I don't want this to ever end.
Carlsbad®
Honestly, I can barely remember what it was like to have a
GWPTiger®
Try and find a way to forget about March Madness completely****
Carlsbad®
Re: Yes!!!! I don't want this to ever end.
Tiger Michael
We are in the NIT this year. You didn't hear? This is huge****
Carlsbad®
Just like the top recruits...I'm not buying what Brownell
Bashful Baron
Re: Just like the top recruits...I'm not buying what Brownell
Tiger Michael
I think he is blinded by 3.5 million dollars.*****
Carlsbad®
If that's the reason then it's a poor excuse.***
GWPTiger®
What's 3.5 million among friends?*****
Carlsbad®
No...the Top Recruits aren't buying what CLEMSON is selling.***
CM Shack
Not even one toe in******
Carlsbad®
Why do you say that? Why did some high profile recruits
GWPTiger®
Re: No...the Top Recruits aren't buying what CLEMSON is selling.***
Tiger Michael
I'm a fan, I buy what Clemson is selling***
CM Shack
In BBall?***
worm8305®
I respect your opinion, but what exactly are they selling?*****
Carlsbad®
"Selling" is not a phrase I would associate with Coach
Chuckston T-Man
Tickets***
CM Shack
Re: Tickets***
Clemalum07®
Brad and the administration are both blind***
BigCUFan®
but the "fans" have 20/20 vision***
CM Shack
Re: but the "fans" have 20/20 vision***
Clemalum07®
sarcasm Todd, look it up
CM Shack
Re: sarcasm Todd, look it up
Clemalum07®
not REAL fans...Only alums can be REAL fans Todd, you
CM Shack
Re: not REAL fans...Only alums can be REAL fans Todd, you
Clemalum07®
and yet you needed me to explain the quotation marks...Weird***
CM Shack
Re: and yet you needed me to explain the quotation marks...Weird***
Clemalum07®
Re: not REAL fans...Only alums can be REAL fans Todd, you
Clemalum07®
Re: not REAL fans...Only alums can be REAL fans Todd, you
Tiger Michael
Re: Brad and the administration are both blind***
Tiger Michael
Mental Illness....plain and simple.
Peaceful Easy Tiger
Don't let anyone suicidal listen to that press conference.
Chuckston T-Man
Another reason why I don't care for tree hockey***
worm8305®
It is hilarious seeing you guys have a meltdown about this.***
Judge Keller
It is classic not making the tournament every year.
Carlsbad®
These type of threads are hilarious. They actually think
Tiger5
Ummm no. they are just venting and playing around.
Carlsbad®
Re: New Story: Brad Brownell "comfortable" he will be retained at season's end
Anonymous08®
Re: New Story: Brad Brownell "comfortable" he will be retained at season's end
Clemalum07®
Re: New Story: Brad Brownell "comfortable" he will be retained at season's end
tiggerz04®
What about the women's basketball coach?
TigerStripe
Deer Brad - you have averaged finishing in 8th place
Smiling Tiger®
It's hard to imagine things going well with BB at the helm
TigersAndCubs
Re: It's hard to imagine things going well with BB at the helm
Tiger Michael
Re: New Story: Brad Brownell "comfortable" he will be retained at season's end
tigered1®
For the record, I support keeping Brad Brownell.***
BlackFriar
Re: For the record, I support keeping Brad Brownell.***
Tiger Michael
So am I.***
Orangetiger70®
I hate when reporters ask that question.
Completely Solid Orange®
Brownell "comfortable"
PATIGGER
Re: Brownell "comfortable"
Tiger Michael
he certainly sounded comfortable
T_I_P
Why wouldn't he be comfortable?
BengalBilly
Re: Why wouldn't he be comfortable?
PATIGGER
Re: Why wouldn't he be comfortable?
Tiger Michael
Re: New Story: Brad Brownell "comfortable" he will be retained at season's end
CinTiger1
coach BB is "in a good place" - Tiger fans not so much
SocMan2®
Re: coach BB is "in a good place" - Tiger fans not so much
Tiger Michael
Re: coach BB is "in a good place" - Tiger fans not so much
Clemalum07®
Re: coach BB is "in a good place" - Tiger fans not so much
Tiger Michael
Clemson will keep CBB and continue it's mediocrity because
turf2
Re: Clemson will keep CBB and continue it's mediocrity because
Tiger Michael
RANT...
woods9
This explains everything...
turf2
Re: New Story: Brad Brownell "comfortable" he will be retained at season's end
Tigerbalm1
Wonder what he's going to do with that bonus?
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