College Basketball: Larry Brown and 10 New Coaches with Toughest Jobs Ahead

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College Basketball: Larry Brown and 10 New Coaches with Toughest Jobs Ahead
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It’s never easy for a college basketball coach to take over a new program, but some situations are decidedly tougher than others. While any coach must contend with recruiting his style of players and (usually) learning the vagaries of a new conference, many of this year’s new hires also face the challenge of turning power-conference bottom-feeders into winners.

An extreme example of that problem is the task ahead of legendary coach Larry Brown as he takes over at SMU. The Mustangs aren't even a successful program in Conference USA, and Brown is charged with leading them into the nation’s toughest conference as SMU joins the Big East in 2013-'14.

Read on for a closer look at Brown and the rest of the 10 coaches around the country with the most daunting challenges to overcome in their new jobs.

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