Clemson, men's basketball coach Brad Brownell reach two-year extension

Clemson and men's basketball coach Brad Brownell have agreed to a two-year extension that links Brownell to the school through 2026.

The extension, announced Friday, includes a raise of $400,000 for this season with a total financial package of $2.6 million. Brownell's compensation grows to $3 million for each of the final two years of the agreement. The deal was approved by the compensation committee of the school's board of trustees Friday.

The Tigers went 16-8 last season and made their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2018.

"None of this would be possible without the outstanding young men I've coached and dedicated assistant coaches and staff who have worked alongside me the past 11 years," Brownell said in a statement. "I am blessed to continue to coach at this great University and I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish, both on and off the court, and look forward to continuing our program's upward trajectory."

Should the school end Brownell's employment after this season, it would owe him $25,000 per month for the remainder of the contract. That monthly amount increases each year and would be $250,000 per month in Brownell's final season.

Should Brownell choose to leave, he would owe Clemson $500,000 in the first season, $250,000 in the second through fourth years and 25% of what the university would owe him in its buyout for the final season.

Brownell, 52, is 201-150 in 11 seasons at Clemson, the winningest coach in program history. He has taken the Tigers to three NCAA tournaments, including a Sweet 16 run in 2018.

"Brad continues to be a great leader and ambassador for our men's basketball program," Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich said in a statement.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.