You can call off the initial hype that followed reports that Larry Brown would be the next head coach at SMU—at least for now.
The Associated Press reports that SMU has not officially offered the job to Larry Brown, according to the legendary coach himself.
The report issues that Brown has had contact with athletic director Steve Orsini, but he is waiting for his long-time agent Joe Glass to further discuss any job offer.
They haven't offered me the job, I haven't accepted the job, and I would never do it without Joe's blessing. I think before anything happens, Steve would probably have to have his blessing from his president. That's where we are.
The Hall of Fame coach remains the only man to have lead a team to an NBA championship and NCAA title.
Brown last coached in the college ranks from 1983-1988 with the Kansas Jayhawks—a tenure that culminated with a title in '88. He then embarked on a long tour through the NBA with various teams, winning a title with the Detroit Pistons in 2004. His last stop was with the Charlotte Bobcats that ended in December 2010 after the team started 9-19.
There is no doubt that Brown wants to step back into the coaching ranks, and he said as much: "My desire is to get back in coaching, and I have a lot of respect for this school."
Those are powerful words, especially for SMU supporters who are hoping that their next step into the Big East is a successful one.
Brown has the prestige to recruit big-time players and the mind to make it all worth their while on the court. If this deal does get done, SMU will indeed have a promising future ahead of them.