Just a couple of weeks ago, SMU took down then No. 7 Cincinnati. The following week the Mustangs appeared on the Top-25 rankings for the very first time since the 1984-’85 season. This upcoming fall, Emmanuel Mudiay, the top-ranked guard in the 2014 senior HS class, will be arriving on campus. Needless to say, there’s a whole lot to be excited about in the Dallas area. Tonight, HBO will sit down with Brown and discuss the latest success in his four-decade long coaching career.
REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL, TV’s most honored sports journalism series, continues its 20th season with more enterprising features and reporting when the show’s 203rd edition debuts TUESDAY, FEB. 25 (10:00 p.m. ET/PT & 9:00 p.m. CT) on HBO.
Larry Brown. At 73, Larry Brown is a true basketball legend. As a player, he was selected to three ABA all-star games, won an ABA championship and captured a gold medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. As a coach, Brown won an NCAA title and Naismith College Coach of the Year award with the Kansas Jayhawks in 1988, and an NBA title in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons, making him the only head coach in history to win championships with both a college and pro team.
Over his 40-plus years in coaching, he has earned a reputation as a turnaround strategist who makes losing teams into winners. Now at the helm of Southern Methodist University, his 15th team (including the 2004 Olympic team), the New York-bred Brown has done it again. After years of losing in half-empty arenas, the Mustangs are entering the final stretch of an impressive season that has seen them nationally ranked for the first time in nearly three decades and packing the stands. REAL SPORTS host Bryant Gumbel goes one-on-one with the Hall of Fame coach to find out what keeps him motivated.