CLEMSON — Clemson's board of trustees on Wednesday approved and extended Brad Brownell's contract through 2021 — this a month after athletic director Dan Radakovich publicly announced the men's basketball coach would return for the upcoming season.
Brownell, who is set to embark on his eighth season at the helm of the program, is guaranteed to make $1.8 million in 2017-18, $1.9 million in 2018-19 and $2 million each for 2019-20 and 2020-21.
The compensation committee of the board also adjusted Brownell's buyout, which was previously $3 million with mitigation had he been fired following the 2016-17 season.
Brownell's buyout without mitigation is now $1.7 million if he is released before April 30 of 2018. That number drops to $850,000 if he is released before April 30 of 2019 and $425,000 if he is released before April 30 of 2020.
Brownell was hired in the spring of 2010 and immediately took the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament in 2011, his first season. But Clemson has not been back to the big dance since, and went 17-16, 6-12 this past season with several last-minute losses and a head-scratching NIT defeat in the first round despite a No. 2 seed. While rumors swirled that Clemson was pursuing now-LSU coach and Clemson alum Will Wade to replace Brownell, Radakovich was adamant there was no truth to those leads. He and Brownell met about a month ago for two-and-a-half hours to discuss the state of the program.
"We want to make sure our men's basketball program has all the tools necessary for us to be successful," Radakovich said regarding Brownell's extension. "With this contract amendment, we're able to secure Brad for the future while cleaning up some of the other language as we plan to do with some of our coaches as their contracts are reviewed in the future."