Cowboys coaches attend SMU basketball practice

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by JOE TRAHAN

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Posted on February 12, 2014 at 12:05 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 12 at 12:05 AM

UNIVERSITY PARK — Moody Coliseum is the place to be, and not just on game day.

Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett and most of his staff attended SMU's basketball practice Tuesday, watching and learning from Mustangs head coach Larry Brown.

"You just got to talk to him and have a conversation with him and take good mental notes, because when you go home, you're going to talk a lot of notes and remember what he was talking about, because it's really valuable stuff."

This isn't the first time Garrett has watched Larry Brown at work. In fact, he came to SMU last year, and this time Garrett brought his entire staff.

And there they were, Garrett and his assistants taking notes. And if you wondering about how it all translates from the hardwood to the gridiron, I'll let the only head coach on the planet with both and NCAA and an NBA title break it down.

"You don't always have all the guys that you want," Brown explained, "so the most important thing is: Teach 'em up and make 'em better."

Brown says he is convinced Garrett gets that. Meanwhile, Garrett says he was impressed with the way Brown goes about his work.

"He was out here for a couple hours and we watched him," the Cowboys coach said. "And that was our comment — he's working the whole time coaching every minute, coaching all the players, all parts of the game."

Garrett and quarterback Tony Romo attended the Temple game a few days ago. And now that Brown has the Ponies back in the Top 25 for the first time in nearly three decades, its a no-brainer to make the 20-minute drive from Valley Ranch to pick his brain.

"You can just tell there's such a good culture they're developing here, and it starts with [Brown] and his staff," Garrett said. "It's fun for us to be here watching these guys play and develop and grow and really develop into a really good basketball team."

Now if Brown could just get the Cowboys to play defense like the Mustangs, they might be on to something.

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