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At SMU, Brown Makes Splashy Return to College Coaching


The following are from the November 29, 2012, edition of The Wall Street Journal and the December 2, 2012, edition of The New York Times.

SMU Basketball Coach Larry Brown

From The Wall Street Journal:


Larry Brown, after coaching three college basketball teams and nine NBA teams including his hometown Knicks, stands as the only coach to win both an NCAA and NBA title. Yet in his first year at Southern Methodist University, the 72-year-old Hall of Famer faces a new first: trying to build up a college basketball program from scratch.

The school has come up with a blueprint to help with that. It involves him reminding everyone that he's Larry Brown.

Brown, whose team plays Long Island's Hofstra University on Saturday, was the surprise head-coach pick at SMU this spring. After being fired by the Charlotte Bobcats in 2010, he spent most of the past two years bumming around college basketball's blue-bloods. He freelanced as a hoops guru for his coaching buddies, visiting Bill Self in Kansas, Mark Turgeon in Maryland and especially Jay Wright at Villanova, which isn't far from his Philadelphia home.

When the SMU job in Dallas opened up this spring, Brown's friends needled him to ask for it. He got it, inheriting a Mustangs team that will battle the likes of Rice and Tulsa in half-empty Conference USA arenas as it tries to make its first NCAA Tournament since 1993.

Brown believes the program is poised to break out of obscurity.

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December 3, 2012

From The New York Times:


Tim Jankovich had a good feeling when he flew to Dallas in early April to discuss the men’s basketball coaching vacancy at Southern Methodist. It dissipated when he found out that the Hall of Famer Larry Brown was interviewing for the job on the same day.

But later that night, Brown called Jankovich to offer him a job on his staff.

Jankovich was entering his fifth year as the coach at Illinois State. Few coaches willingly take steps back. After mulling over the decision for more than a week, however, Jankovich took the plunge.

“I always looked up to him,” Jankovich said. “The combination of getting the chance to work for him and all the things that S.M.U. offered me made it a situation too good to pass up.”

Brown’s splashy return to collegiate coaching after a 24-year absence — he last coached at Kansas in 1988 — includes something different from his various stops in the N.B.A., including the Knicks, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Detroit Pistons. Brown earned a reputation for changing jobs frequently. So with Jankovich, S.M.U. installed an immediate succession plan.

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Larry Brown