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Old 04-19-2017, 04:50 PM
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Default Clemson extends Brownell's contract, changes buyout

Clemson men's basketball coach Brad Brownell received a one year extension to his contract on Wednesday and Clemson changed his early termination clause buyout as well.

Clemson's Board of Trustees added one year to the existing deal upping it back to four years for recruiting purposes.

Brownell's contract now runs through the 2020-'21 season. He is scheduled to make $1.8 million this coming season and $1.9 million in 2018-'19. In 2019-'20 he will make $2 million and $2 million in 2020-'21. The guaranteed income did not increase.

As for the buyout, starting on May 1 it drops to 1.7 million without mitigation. It was set at $3 million with mitigation. In 2018, it will drop to $850,000 without mitigation and in 2019 it drops to $425,000 without mitigation. In 2020 it is 25-percent of the remaining $425,000.

As for the employee buyout, Brownell's will have to pay $125,000 if he decides to leave Clemson early for another job.

Also, assistant coach Steve Smith received a pay increase to $200,000. His contract is a one year deal that will start in May.
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Old 04-19-2017, 05:19 PM
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Seriously ?
Extending a contract for another year, giving a full 4 years for recruiting purposes?
Get rid of him and get a coach that knows how to coach. Rebuild from the top down.
Brownell has had 7 seasons and delivered nothing.
Any other University would have gotten rid of him, not reward him for a dismal overall record after 7 seasons.
Why is Brownell being protected ?
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Old 04-19-2017, 05:41 PM
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Seriously ?
Extending a contract for another year, giving a full 4 years for recruiting purposes?
Get rid of him and get a coach that knows how to coach. Rebuild from the top down.
Brownell has had 7 seasons and delivered nothing.
Any other University would have gotten rid of him, not reward him for a dismal overall record after 7 seasons.
Why is Brownell being protected ?
He isn't being protected but to get that buyout figure down, which I think is the reason he wasn't fired, they had to redo the contract. The buyout is considerably lower now so the 4th year practically means nothing if he doesn't perform. So to protect Clemson basketball and to make recruits feel better you give him the 4th year so he can sell he will be around until the young man graduates. This is all assuming that recruits are dumb and don't see what actually happened, you know trying to lower the buyout.
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Old 04-19-2017, 09:10 PM
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I do not see why ANY Clemson basketball fan would have a problem with this. You can't keep a coach who is clearly on the hot seat and not extend him so he has at least 4 years left on his contract. It makes no sense to complain about how he doesn't recruit well enough and doesn't have a good enough staff, yet hamstring him in recruiting players and coaches by only leaving him with a 3 year contract.

I'm actually surprised this wasn't announced sooner.

Extending the contract protects Clemson because it gives the current coach and his staff the best chance of being successful. Lowering the buyout protects Clemson as well because we won't have to pay as much if we decide to sever ties after this year or next.
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Old 04-19-2017, 09:17 PM
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Seriously ?
Extending a contract for another year, giving a full 4 years for recruiting purposes?
Get rid of him and get a coach that knows how to coach. Rebuild from the top down.
Brownell has had 7 seasons and delivered nothing.
Any other University would have gotten rid of him, not reward him for a dismal overall record after 7 seasons.
Why is Brownell being protected ?
Here's why he's being "protected:"
-Best graduation rate for a Clemson basketball coach ever
-Highest team GPA for Clemson basketball ever
-No recruiting violations/NCAA issues
-Zero off-the-court incidents with his players
-He loves Clemson and is loyal to Clemson
-Second best ACC winning percentage in Clemson basketball history
-Almost single-handedly improved our basketball donor base in order to raise funds for the new facilities
-He is well respected in the coaching industry
-He has his best recruiting class coming in for 2017
-He had to play last year away from home, with horrible circumstances for practicing and traveling to games

When we look at the most successful Clemson coaches, none were as perfect as many here like to portray them. Barnes is probably our best basketball coach ever, and he didn't care about academics, plus he was not loyal to Clemson and bolted for greener pastures (and insulted Clemson in the process). Purnell is probably our second best basketball coach ever, and he was like Barnes in that he left us in an extremely classless way. Both Barnes and Purnell reportedly had affairs while our head coach, which says nothing for who they are as husbands or the example they set for the players on their teams.

Cliff Ellis had some good seasons, but he cheated and we had to vacate our 1990 NCAA Sweet Sixteen team due to NCAA violations. Tates Locke won some games, but he cheated too.

Larry Shyatt was a nice guy, but had a losing record overall and in conference.

Brownell isn't perfect, but some Clemson fans are forgetting just how flawed most of our coaches have been. Either they had losing records, paid zero attention to the type of young men they were recruiting and molding, cheated, or had some success here and left us high and dry - and insulted us on the way out. Many had a combination of these.

I don't know if Brownell will be successful at Clemson. He might not be, but he is our coach for 2017-2018 so let's support him and give him all the tools he needs to be successful.

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Old 04-19-2017, 09:46 PM
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Default Re: Clemson extends Brownell's contract, changes buyout

Seriously. Barnes didn't bolt for greener pastures. He left for personal reasons. End of story.
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Old 04-19-2017, 09:53 PM
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Default Re: Clemson extends Brownell's contract, changes buyout

If you followed our reporting during the week of the meeting you know that we reported that Radakovich met with an outside legal council on Friday before meeting with Brownell on Saturday. We said they met to discuss restructuring the contract which is exactly what happened.

We have reported the restructuring several times since. The numbers didn't come out until today as they had to be approved by the board which happened today.
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Old 04-19-2017, 10:36 PM
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I don't have a problem with the extension because it resulted in a much more manageable buyout. Since we knew Brownell was coming back next season anyway this makes it much, much easier to replace him if he can't show improvement than it would have been under the old contract. The additional year is meaningless unless he does show improvement so I don't understand why people are getting so worked up over it.
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Default Re: Clemson extends Brownell's contract, changes buyout

I know that being under contract for 4 years is a must for recruiting, but aren't the recruits smart enough to see that slashing the buyout in half completely nullifies any added security that an additional years provides. I don't see how this does anything to improve Brownell's recruiting position. Certainly opposing coached will be quick to point out to recruits that this much lower buyout significantly increases his likelihood of getting fired irrespective of the length of his contract.
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Old 04-20-2017, 07:24 PM
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Default Re: Clemson extends Brownell's contract, changes buyout

This is good news, simple enough.
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