With any new head coach, this becomes one of the immediate questions that need answering. Surely Brownell will look to his current staff, which includes another "young gun" in Billy Donlon. Following the 2007-08 season, Donlon was named one of the top 10 mid-major assistant coaches in the action by FoxSports.com. However Donlan could also be a candidate to replace him at Wright State. Who else will comprise his staff? Whoever it is, the ability to recruit will be critical in each hire.
#2. CAN BROWNELL GET MARCUS THORNTON BACK?
Clemson's lone 2010 signee, Georgia's Mr. Basketball winner Marcus Thornton, has already been released from his LOI by Clemson after Purnell bolted for DePaul, per a request from Thornton. With Brownell now signed, will Thornton reconsider the Tigers? You can bet one of the first calls made by Brownell will likely be to the Thornton family.
Brownell, 41, who is 84-45 in four seasons at Wright State, takes over for Oliver Purnell, who left for DePaul one week ago. (Wright State)
With a new coach and a new staff, a plethora of opportunities could now be in place for Clemson's 2010 recruiting class. Perhaps Brownell can bring in a prospect from Ohio or somewhere else that Clemson has not been involved with previously. With no signees currently on board for 2010 with Thornton's release last week, anything is possible on this front.
#4. CAN HE KEEP THE CURRENT TEAM INTACT?
The initial reaction of any head coaching change is shock, which can create an overblown firestorm surrounding current team members. Devin Booker and Noel Johnson have reportedly been considering their options regarding transferring after learning about Purnell's decision last week. Will they still pursue that route after talking with Brownell?
#5. WHAT'S HIS MESSAGE TO CLEMSON FANS?
For those that follow college basketball closely, Brownell is indeed a solid hire. He has a fiery personality and a great basketball mind. Plus he has recruited players who know how to win at schools where it is difficult to win to begin with. But for those Clemson fans who believe Rick Pitino should have been the next head coach, what will Brownell's message be to win that fringe element over before he can prove it on the court?
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