Larry Brown is SMU's New Basketball Coach
Larry Brown has agreed to coach SMU's Mustangs, ESPN reports. The 71-year-old coach was inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame in 2002 and has coached in college, the NBA and the Olympics, winning a bronze medal in the 2004 games.
He's coached pretty much every NBA team, and even though his last team was the not-very-good Michael Jordan-owned Bobcats, he won a championship in 2004 with the Pistons and even took those Bobcats to the playoffs. In 1988, his last stint coaching college ball, he won the national championship with the Kansas Jayhawks. He's the only coach to win both.
Apparently the only hang-up to the deal is the coach's choice for assistant coach, but it should work itself in time to make an announcement later today. There's nothing else to really say here; the guy can flat out coach, even if he's getting up there in age, and he should put some butts in the seats at SMU. He better, anyway, or Alumni Guy might get to typing.
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