Rumors swirled about his job security, but Brad Brownell always maintained a level of confidence about his chances of returning to Clemson next season.

Monday morning, it became official. The Tigers' men's basketball coach will be back for his eighth season in 2017-18, athletic director Dan Radakovich publicly announced via a statement.

Amid chatter from the outside that Brownell might be fired, he and Radakovich met multiple times over the last week for the annual end-of-year chat they always conduct when a season ends. Radakovich publicly backed Brownell at the ACC Tournament in Brooklyn earlier in the month, and followed through with it again Monday.

“As part of a comprehensive season-ending review and evaluation, I met for several hours with Brad Brownell to review the recently completed season and to look ahead to 2017-2018," Radakovich said in the statement released by the university.

"Both of us believe strongly that we should have achieved more this season and Brad is candid with his own critique and assessment. As we move forward, I expect Brad to make changes in the program to better position us for success."

It's no secret that Clemson (17-16, 6-12 ACC) struggled mightily this season, particularly when it came to executing in the final minutes of games that could have gone either way. Of the Tigers' 11 conference games that were decided by six points or fewer, Clemson lost nine of them, beating only Wake Forest and N.C. State. The Tigers fell to perennial powerhouses North Carolina by three in overtime, Virginia by four and Duke by two in a hostile road environment.