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larry brown is a good move for smu

Larry Brown and SMU make a really good fit for each other, at least in the short term. The 71 year old veteran coach has been named the new head coach on The Hilltop. Brown will replace Matt Doherty, who was just another in a long line of failed Mustang coaches. Doherty was fired March 13 with one year left on his deal after the former North Carolina coach and player went 80-109 in six seasons. The Mustangs lost 11 of their last 14 games, including a 47-28 home loss to UAB on Feb. 15.This is a program in dire need of just what Brown can deliver:credibilit y. SMU has not won a game in the NCAA Tournament since 1988, which by the way was the same year Brown led Kansas to the National Championship. Brown has coached 9 different NBA teams and led Detroit to an NBA championship in 2004, and the Pistons got back to the Finals in 2005 before losing to San Antonio in seven games. He was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., in 2002. He does brings a lot of skins on his wall to the Mustangs who need someone that can go into the homes of High School players in the talent rich Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and convince them that SMU is the place to be. The other reason I like this move is that there is a back-up plan, of sorts, which takes into account that at 71 this might not be a long term position for Brown. The holdup to a final deal was contracts for Illinois State coach Tim Jankovich for a "coach-in-wai ting" position, as well as contracts for Illinois assistant Jerrance Howard and former Kentucky assistant Rod Strickland. That's smart thinking. Football coach June Jones helped bring the SMU football program back to respectability and now they have the right man running the basketball team in hopes of doing the same thing.  (Apr 20, 2012 | post #1)

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