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I am not surprised that Brownell is coming back, but I am pretty sure he is on a very short leash.

I certainly hope his plan for this team is better conditioning, teaching how to win, and developing players. The NIT game was all about conditioning in the second half. The team was a ½ step behind on defense and that is about conditioning. Frankly, they need to learn how to win and close. Not sure how you go about teaching that, but it’s something where Dabo focusing much attention and gets results. Another area I would like to get your insight is player development.
Understanding basketball is different than other sports in that red-shirt is not something readily used, so how would you grade Brownell in that aspect. I would love to see Clemson do well, but right now they may be redefining “Clemsoning” – start fast and crash at the end.



I agree that Brownell has a short lease in 2017-18. I am not sure about conditioning, but they
have to find a way to win close games. Dabo wins because most of the time he has better
players than the opponent. He recruits better players and develops them better. I used to think
Brownell and his staff excelled in player development, but there have been several cases where
this has not happened. Not every player has gotten significantly better. I think they need better
players and a more positive approach to developing confidence. There appears to be issues
inside the program and those have to be fixed.


I agree that the basketball culture needs to be changed. I think the last coach to begin changing
the basketball culture at Clemson was Rick Barnes. I was sad when he left. But I think it does
matter who the coach is. I disagree with “it doesn’t matter who the coach is next year”.
Brownell has proven he cannot change the culture. He had one of his best teams this year and
they continually underperformed. The “losing culture” we have is deep, and Brownell has
proven he is not the guy to change it. I wish he could, I hope to be proven wrong, but I think it is too late for him. I was watching the NIT game, and when we were up 20 points I told a friend –
“its not enough”.



The basketball program is broken in several areas. They have not recruited at a high level from
the high school ranks. Leadership seems to be an issue. The defensive commitment is gone.
There is no identity. No brand. There is a defeatist attitude. Hopefully, these are the areas
where Brownell will make changes within the program.


Hi my names Darius avid reader of your blogs and TigerNet staff, you guys do a great job,
thanks for your time. Now with the addition of Mascoll to the 18' class what is the defensive staff take on DE's for the year; and where does it leave Clemson with Xavier? Also what's your
opinion on the Corner battle going into summer/ fall camp, has Fields put himself in position as
front runner to start?



Clemson will sign at least one more defensive end in the class of 2018 and possibly two more.
Xavier Thomas is a Clemson/South Carolina deal. He wants to go to South Carolina, and as
long as they don't tank it this season, he will sign with South Carolina. Five-star defensive end
K.J. Henry will come down to Clemson, Georgia, Alabama and Ohio State. Clemson has a
great story to tell him and should be in it until the end. Micah Parsons is another five star from Harrisburg, PA. He is committed to Penn State but will decommit soon and is leaning to OSU.
He will visit Clemson this month and the Tiger staff could get in the game with the visit. There
are others down the list, but at this time the Tiger staff covets those three defensive ends for
perhaps the final spot at this position in the class.

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