Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown is interested in becoming the head coach at SMU, according to the Morning News, ESPN, and everyone in the world with a Twitter account.
The former (take a breath) Davidson Wildcats, Carolina Cougars, Denver Nuggets, UCLA Bruins, New Jersey Nets, Kansas Jayhawks, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, and Charlotte Bobcats head has contacted the school regarding the opening, but it’s unclear if SMU reciprocates the love.
Just spitballing here, but none of Brown’s college stints have ended particularly well, in hindsight:
– Davidson– left before the season even began
– UCLA– made the NCAA title game in 1980, but the wins were vacated after the team was found to have played with two ineligible players.
– Kansas – two Final Four trips and a national championship, but NCAA sanctions were levied against Kansas in the 1988–89 season as a result of recruiting violations that took place during Brown’s tenure. The Jayhawks were banned from the 1989 tournament.
Good coach? Yes. But he’s 71, and comes with a decent amount of baggage.