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Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 at 10:00 am  |  6 responses

Larry Brown Set to Become Next Head Coach of SMU

by David Cassilo / @dcassilo

Larry Brown, who has won an NCAA and NBA title as a coach, will be taking his talents to Texas. The 71-year-old Brown is reportedly close to becoming the head coach at SMU.

Brown last coached the Charlotte Bobcats in 2010 and has expressed a desire for the last two years to get back on the sideline. A North Carolina alum, Brown won the NCAA title with Kansas in 1988 and an NBA title with the Detroit Pistons in 2004.

His hiring will mark a change in culture for a team headed to the Big East in 2013, and he will lay a foundation for when he is gone.

From The Dallas Morning News:

Because Brown is 71 and well-traveled during his long NBA and college coaching career, he is keen on hiring Buzz Peterson, the current UNC Wilmington coach, working as an assistant at SMU, essentially a coach-in-waiting, according to the source.

SMU finished last season with a 13-19 record.

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  • Heals

    “He will lay a foundation for when he is gone” – better start building that foundation quick SMU…

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    I don’t know why a college team would want a guy that might decide he needs a break in 2 seasons.

  • DUDE3000

    damn he’s old lol. I think he might want to consider moving on to the next phase of life he’s been coachin forever

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=542782613 The White Steve Smith

    This guy got the bobcats into the playoffs. Thats gotta put him in the same conversation as the all time greats: Phil Jackson, Red Auerbach, Gregg Popovich.

  • bdogg

    i am going to get killed for saying this but i will say it anyway…yeah he got the pistons to the finals and the sixers who had no business in 2001 in being there but he is the most overrated coach ever1 if you think i am full of it…he coached the olympic team in 2004! that is all that needs to be said! period!

  • Brahsef

    @bdogg

    He’s the only coach to win a college chip and pro chip. The pro chip was with the Pistons which was one of the greatest upsets of all time. They won it mostly due to his coaching, and then got to game 7 of the finals the next year against one of the all time great squads in the the Spurs.

    Other than that, he’s repeatedly gotten awful nba talent teams to the playoffs. He even got the Clippers to the playoffs, TWICE!

    Respect

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