Dec 28, 2012
Larry Brown Likes The Fit At SMU

The Associated Press

http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/12/28/2569304/larry-brown-likes-the-fit-at-smu.html

Larry Brown was a young assistant on coach Dean Smith’s staff at North Carolina in the mid-1960s when he turned down his first head coaching offer.

At the time, Brown didn’t think he was ready. But Smith asked him where he’d like to coach one day.

“I said, of course North Carolina, but I didn’t ever want to see him step down, Brown recalled. So I said Stanford, Northwestern, Princeton and Vanderbilt. … Great academically and great conferences and great areas to live.”

A record nine NBA jobs later, and a quarter century after leading Kansas to an NCAA title, Brown, 72, found that kind of fit in his return to coaching this season at Southern Methodist.

“We don’t have the tradition of Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, UCLA, said Brown, whose Mustangs are off to a 9-4 start. But I don’t think we’ll shortchange a kid in terms of getting an education and coaching them up and giving them a chance to be successful.”

For anyone who thought Brown, a Hall of Fame coach, went to SMU as a figurehead for a struggling program with a pending move to the ever-changing Big East Conference, it quickly becomes clear why he’s back in the game.

“The only reason I took a job is because I love to coach and teach, and this school afforded me this opportunity, he said.

, Larry Brown Likes The Fit At SMU

The Associated Press

http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/12/28/2569304/larry-brown-likes-the-fit-at-smu.html

Larry Brown was a young assistant on coach Dean Smith’s staff at North Carolina in the mid-1960s when he turned down his first head coaching offer.

At the time, Brown didn’t think he was ready. But Smith asked him where he’d like to coach one day.

I said, of course North Carolina, but I didn’t ever want to see him step down, Brown recalled. So I said Stanford, Northwestern, Princeton and Vanderbilt. … Great academically and great conferences and great areas to live.”

A record nine NBA jobs later, and a quarter century after leading Kansas to an NCAA title, Brown, 72, found that kind of fit in his return to coaching this season at Southern Methodist.

“We don’t have the tradition of Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, UCLA, said Brown, whose Mustangs are off to a 9-4 start. But I don’t think we’ll shortchange a kid in terms of getting an education and coaching them up and giving them a chance to be successful.”

For anyone who thought Brown, a Hall of Fame coach, went to SMU as a figurehead for a struggling program with a pending move to the ever-changing Big East Conference, it quickly becomes clear why he’s back in the game.

“The only reason I took a job is because I love to coach and teach, and this school afforded me this opportunity, ” he said.






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