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Larry Brown: Hall of Fame Coach Reportedly Interested in SMU Job

PHOENIX - JANUARY 26:  Head coach Larry Brown of the Charlotte Bobcats during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on January 26, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Bobcats defeated the Suns in overtime 114-109.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistMarch 28, 2012

Longtime basketball coach Larry Brown apparently isn't ready to enjoy retirement quite yet. He has both NBA and NCAA championships under his belt and has now turned his focus to the head coaching job at Southern Methodist University.

Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News reports Brown has shown interest in the SMU job, but there haven't been any signs yet that the program will bring him in. The school wants to bring in a high-profile coach before moving to the Big East in 2013.

Brown has made 13 stops during his coaching career, with the Charlotte Bobcats being the most recent in 2010. He led Kansas to a national title in 1988, which earned him Coach of the Year honors. His NBA championship came while coaching the Detroit Pistons in 2004.

The report states SMU was attempting to land Marquette coach Buzz Williams, who had another successful year with the Golden Eagles, but he wasn't interested in changing jobs. That could open the door for Brown to be considered.

Southern Methodist will struggle to find a coach with a more impressive résumé than Brown. Including his time as a player, he has been involved in the game at either the college or professional level for more than 50 years.

There are legitimate questions about whether the game has passed the 71-year-old coach by, however. Today's college stars are a lot different than when he was leading the Jayhawks, and the media pressure has also increased.

Having been out of the spotlight for a couple years will also hurt his power to attract recruits. Prospects will have a hard time remembering his title run with the Pistons and weren't even alive when Brown's Jayhawks cut down the nets.

Throwing his hat into the ring can't hurt, though. He clearly wants to be involved in the sport once again, and if SMU isn't able to find another viable candidate, Brown is a solid backup plan.

 

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