Clemson hires Wright State's Brownell as head basketball coach
A few days after interviewing Wright State basketball coach Brad Brownell, Clemson will hire him as its replacement for Oliver Purnell, who bolted for Depaul eight days ago.
Though Brownell is not a big name, he is an up-and-comer who was thought to be the Horizon League's best coaching prospect before Brad Stevens led his Butler squad to the national championship game.
Clemson initially offered the job to Mississippi State's Rick Stansbury, who elected to remain in Starkville as the Bulldogs' coach.
After other bigger names like Baylor's Scott Drew and Oklahoma's Jeff Capel expressed no interest in the job, Clemson decided that Brownell was their man.
Brownell is a young coach (41) and looks like he could become the face of the Clemson basketball program for many years if he can achieve the kind of success for which he is aiming.
The Evansville, Indiana native has spent the last eight years as a head coach. His first four were at UNC-Wilmington, where he led the Seahawks to two NCAA Tournament appearances.
Brownell landed the head job at Wright State in 2006, where he took the Raiders to the Big Dance in his first year at the school.
Brownell's teams have won at least 20 games in six of his eight years as a head coach. A Brownell-coached team has finished lower than third in its conference only once.
Clemson may not have made a huge splash with this hire, but Brownell is a confident young coach who can inject the life back into the Clemson program and its fans that was lost with Purnell's departure.