SMU's desire to be competitive in men's basketball appears sincere when it flirted with St. Louis men's college basketball coach Rick Majerus, who has now talked to every college program in the nation at one point or another.
But now The Ponies appear to be just a bit desperate in talking to, and from the sounds of it very likely hiring, former Davidson/Carolina Cougars/Denver Nuggets/UCLA Bruins/New Jersey Nets/Kansas Jayhawks/San Antonio Spurs/L.A. Clippers/Indiana Pacers/Philadelphia 76ers/Detroit Pistons/NY Knicks/Charlotte Bobcats head coach Larry Brown.
Nothing says continuity and stability like Larry Brown.
Recruit: "Coach, how long are you going to be at SMU?"
Larry Brown: "Don't read anything into my past. I'm here for the long haul - at least another two weeks."
How bored must he be? It's not like he needs the money. The Knicks will be paying him off until 3423.
Speaking of, it would be great if SMU hires Isaiah Thomas as its athletic director.
I may be in the minority, but I like this hire if for no other reason than it should be great theater.
Hiring Brown will create an immediate interest in SMU basketball unseen in forever. This will be a large local, and national, story. I look forward to the introductory press conference. Brown is older, which means he is unafraid of his opinion and has no problem calling people out.
There may not be a better teacher of basketball, certainly point guards, than Brown. He is one of the great X & O, gets-more-out-of-less than perhaps any other coach in the last 30 years.
He is also 71-year-old man who has repeatedly demonstrated he can sit still about as well as a 3-year-old. A former Brown associate once told me, "The man can really coach, but he is a bit of an odd duck." College basketball is not like 1988, when Brown last coached at this level for Kansas. Brown routinely tires of his players, which in college basketball is a rub. If he is able to find an assistant who can get him players Brown may be able to win a little in Dallas, and set it up for his successor.
By hiring Brown SMU has shown it wants to win in men's basketball but it may as well have the search committee in place to find his replacement.
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