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Brownell defends his program, says it's admired around the league

CLEMSON – Brad Brownell wishes some of his fiercest critics would give a little credit to the program he’s built at Clemson.

Brownell addressed the media Wednesday, the first time he’s spoken publicly since the Tigers’ season ended in a loss to Virginia Tech in the ACC Tournament in Brooklyn. Brownell entered the press conference with a few stats and notes and joked that he wanted to speak for a minute without going as long as head football coach Dabo Swinney.

Brownell asked the media the number of ACC teams that have been to three NCAA Tournaments in the last five years – only five teams have accomplished that feat – and he quickly reminded the room that has Clemson has been to two.