The Young Guns

CLEMSON – Kaitlyn Brownell had a major concern with her dad's new job at Clemson. After experiencing life without football at Wright State and UNC-Wilmington, Brad Brownell's youngest of two daughters was curious to know if Clemson did.

"Yeah honey, we've got 80,000 in Death Valley. We're going to some football games," Brad Brownell recounted Tuesday when he was introduced as Clemson's new men's basketball coach.

"I told them it was big-time stuff here. They think it's great, they think it's awesome."

Brownell looks forward to rubbing elbows with coach Dabo Swinney and hopes the two programs are able to parlay their successes off one another.

"If they're winning, that's going to help us," Brownell said. "If they're winning, hopefully that's going to help get the name out and fill the stands. If recruits come in for both programs, they're going to have better experiences. All year long, our name will be mentioned on ESPN. It'll just get the word out and help everybody, in general."

Excited to show his support, Swinney was in full force with his wife and three boys for Tuesday's introduction and press conference.

"We help each other," he said of the relationship between coaches.

"That's something I took a lot of pride in with Oliver (Purnell). This is a place where you really need your basketball program to be successful and vice versa. We cross-over in recruiting a good bit. You want both venues to be awesome.

"That comes from winning, success--that comes from enthusiasm, passion and energy. Coach Brownell certainly displays all those attributes and values."

After Tuesday's press conference, the two met long enough on Tuesday to introduce themselves with a hand shake and exchange a few words of encouragement.

They'll be on the road together for Thursday's Prowl and Growl meeting in Greenville.

Swinney, 40, has already tasted success in his first full season as head coach. He's ready to win an ACC Championship and lead Clemson to its first BCS Bowl appearance.

Brownell, 41, also has lofty goals for the basketball program.

"My next goal as a coach is to get a team to the Final Four," he said. "I told the people here that was my goal. Certainly, if you can play well enough in the ACC and compete with the best teams in the ACC, you have every opportunity to do that."

"I love the fact that he's a young guy with a young family. I hope that we can grow up together here at Clemson," Swinney said. Top Stories