The vow for basketball relevance Dan Radakovich has spoken of bringing to Clemson became a lot more real Friday, when the Tigers' athletic director finished off a lavish new commitment for head coach Brad Brownell.

Radakovich ripped up Brownell's old deal and rewarded him with a brand-new six-year, $10.6 million contract keeping Brownell on campus through the 2019-20 season.

"Brad has done a tremendous job building a solid foundation for our basketball program," Radakovich said in a statement. "I have the utmost confidence in Brad to continue to build as we compete in the nation's best basketball conference. We're excited to have him lead our program into the future for a long time to come."

Brownell, 45, will earn $1.55 million in base salary and supplemental income 2014-15, with that figure steadily increasing each ensuing season until it reaches a $2 million figure in 2019-20.

Coming to Clemson four years ago, Brownell originally was brought in for $900,000 for the 2010-11 season. His contract was amended to pay him $1.2 million in the spring of 2011, then $1.35 million in the spring of 2012.

Radakovich cautioned in October he needed to see improvement to commit to Brownell long-term, after the program's second consecutive losing season. The Tigers responded, raising their win total from 13 to 23 and making the NIT semifinals in April.

Brownell is 74-58 through four years, and the former Wright State and UNC-Wilmington head man looks to take the Tigers back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010-11.