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Is Brad Brownwell’s tenure at Clemson nearing an end?

Sunday, February 12, 2017 17:27
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As we enter the 2nd week February,
at least 11 ACC teams are in the running for a possible NCAA bid.
The only ACC teams with virtually no chance of making the field are
Boston College, Pittsburgh, NC State and Clemson.

Boston College is rebuilding, and
Kevin Stallings is only in his first year at Pittsburgh. Mark
Gottfried is on the hotseat at NC State, but has 4 NCAA appearances
and 2 Sweet 16s in his 6 years at NC State. Brad Brownwell and
 Clemson will likely miss the NCAA tournament for the 6th
straight year. Currently the Tigers sit 13-10 (3-9), and need a
near miracle finish or an ACC Tournament Title to make the Big
Dance. In other words the chances are pretty slim Clemson will make
the NCAAs.

Is this the end for Brownwell at
Clemson? Should it be?

As Clemson entered season, this was
regarded as Brownwell most athletic most talented team. Projected
NBA pick Jaron Bloosomgame was returning, and in spite of playing
in a deep talented ACC, Clemson looked like at NCAA team.

The season as we got into
conference became a one disappointment after another. 6 of the 8
Tiger ACC losses have come by single digits. End of the game
sequences been typically marked empty offensive possessions,
defensive lapses, and mistakes from the bench. Last week against
Syracuse, Clemson made the wrong substitution, nearly called a
timeout they didn’t have, and left Syracuse shooter Tyus Battle
wide open for a game winning 3 point shot.

I’m sorry to say, but that’s
indicative of a team that is not being coached up. The team for
whatever doesn’t buy in defensively and sits near the bottom of the
ACC in several defensive categories. Working in Brownwell’s favor
to extend his tenure is he is only in year 1 of recruiting with a
new arena at Clemson, but how much should the considered?

Former Georgia Tech head coach
Brian Gregory spent 4 years in a renovated McCamish Pavilion and
never once made the NCAA’s.

Brownwell and his team are trouble,
and he knows it. They only way the Tiger’s sniff the NCAA’s is to
win at least 5 of their last 6 games, to finish the year 18-11
(8-10).  Otherwise Brownwell may be coaching his final games
at Clemson. I’m getting the sense in a league filled with future
Hall of Fame coaches, that Brownwell just isn’t capable of getting
Clemson over the hump. He’s got 1 month to prove us wrong.

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