Tigers find their man

The decision appears to be made in regards to Clemson's search for a men's basketball coach.

Clemson has found a new head men's basketball coach.

According to multiple sources Tuesday morning, Wright State coach Brad Brownell is set to be named Clemson's next head coach, CUTigers.com has confirmed.

Brownell, 41, who is 84-45 in four seasons at Wright State, takes over for Oliver Purnell, who left for DePaul one week ago.

In his first season at Wright State, Brownell led the Horizon League team to its first NCAA Tournament bid in 14 years as the Raiders won the regular season and conference tournament titles.

In his second season at Wright State, what was expected to be a rebuilding year turned into a 21-victory season as the Raiders finished second in the conference.

He then followed that with 20-13 season.

This past year, Wright State finished 20-12, ending its season with a loss to Butler in the conference tournament title game.

Wright is a 1991 graduate of DePauw University, he also has a master's degree from the University of Indianapolis.


Brownell, 41, who is 84-45 in four seasons at Wright State, takes over for Oliver Purnell, who left for DePaul one week ago. (AP)
His coaching career includes stops as an assistant at Butler, the University of Indianapolis and UNC-Wilmington, where he was promoted to associate head coach before being named head coach.

Brownell has won at least 20 games in six of his eight seasons since becoming a head coach, and actually was the next pick at Indiana two years ago if Tom Crean hadn't accepted the Hoosiers job.

He also has led his team to the NCAA Tournament on three occasions, including twice with UNC Wilmington and once with Wright State.

The emergence of Butler in the Horizon League has prevented more trips to the Big Dance during his tenure there.

Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips and associate AD Bill D'Andrea have interviewed several candidates in the last fours days for the position vacated by Purnell, including: Rick Stansbury, (Mississippi State), Blaine Taylor (Old Dominion), Cliff Warren (Jacksonville), Mike Young (Wofford), former B.C. head coach Al Skinner and Clemson associate head coach Ron Bradley.

Brownell is expected to be introduced as Clemson's next head coach in a press conference within the next 36 hours.

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