Clemson coach Brownell lands six-year, $15 million deal

Clemson coach Brad Brownell received a new six-year, $15 million contract on Thursday after guiding the Tigers to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament last season.Brownell will make $2.5 million in base salary in each year of the deal, which was approved by the Clemson University Board of Trustees Compensation Committee.The contract replaces a deal that was set to conclude in 2021. It comes after Brownell’s Tigers matched the school record of 25 wins last season.”We have a tremendous amount of momentum and excitement in our basketball program and that is a testament to Brad’s leadership,” athletic director Dan Radakovich said in a statement. “This new agreement demonstrates to Brad our continued strong commitment and support to him, his assistant coaches and to our basketball program.”Brownell, 49, is 149-113 in eight seasons with the Tigers and ranks as the third-winningest coach in school history.Still, Clemson was forecast to finish 13th in the Atlantic Coach Conference last season before compiling a 25-10 mark and reaching the Sweet 16 for just the fourth time in school history. The Tigers defeated New Mexico State and Auburn in the NCAA tourney before falling to top-seeded Kansas in the Sweet 16.