SMU hires Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown

SMU hires Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown

In this Dec. 3, 2010, photo, then-Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown directs his team against the New Jersey Nets during an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C. Brown is serious about getting back to coaching and the vacancy at SMU. Brown said Wednesday, April 18, 2012, that he hasn't yet been offered the job, but had spoken again with SMU athletic director Steve Orsini since they first met on Monday. The 71-year-old Hall of Fame coach said he expected his long-time agent, Joe Glass, to have further conversations with Orsini. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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by SEAN HAMILTON

WFAA SPORTS

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 19 at 5:02 PM

DALLAS -- Southern Methodist University hired Hall of Fame basketball coach Larry Brown as their new men's basketball coach.

Brown is the only coach to have led teams to an NCAA Championship and an NBA title.

He won with Kansas in 1988 and the Detroit Pistons in 2004. SMU Athletic Director Steve Orsini calls Brown one of the top coaches to have ever coached basketball.

"He is a legend and has made every team he has ever coached a winner," said Orsini. "As we transition into the nation's top basketball conference, the BIG EAST, his leadership will be invaluable."

Brown is excited about the chance to coach at SMU.

"I've built so many relationships in the basketball world and my success has been due to the coaches I've played for and the players I've coached," he said. "I want to thank them all. I always thought of myself as a college coach and this gives me a wonderful chance to get back where I started."

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