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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Larry Brown again in trouble with NCAA

In this photo from Nov. 28, 2012, SMU head coach Larry Brown instructs his team against Utah in Salt Lake City. The well-traveled coach — who led Kansas University to the 1988 NCAA crown — has SMU off to a 9-4 start.

In this photo from Nov. 28, 2012, SMU head coach Larry Brown instructs his team against Utah in Salt Lake City. The well-traveled coach — who led Kansas University to the 1988 NCAA crown — has SMU off to a 9-4 start.

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Former Kansas University basketball coach Larry Brown, now the head coach at SMU, again is in trouble with the NCAA and, according to reports, is expected to be suspended for 30 percent (9 games) of SMU's games during the upcoming season.

Reports about Brown's suspension — which coincides with a postseason ban for the SMU program in 2016 — surfaced Tuesday morning and a formal announcement of the punishment was made around 10:30 a.m.

According to multiple reports, Brown is being punished for what the NCAA deems "lack of coach control" after an NCAA investigation into whether former SMU assistant Ulric Maligi and another person connected to SMU's program provided former McDonald's All-American Keith Frazier with academic assistance.

Maligi left SMU in January and Frazier missed the second half of the season after being declared ineligible. Frazier remains on the SMU roster.

ESPN's Jeff Goodman also reported that SMU will lose nine scholarships over the next three years as part of the punishment and Brown will be required to attend a rules seminar over the next two years.

The SMU situation is the third time an NCAA program run by Brown has faced major rules violations, joining UCLA and, of course, Kansas. Brown, who guided the Jayhawks to the 1988 NCAA title, left the program on probation when he left for the NBA following that season.

KU, led then by Roy Williams, faced a similar postseason ban for the 1988-89 season and the Jayhawks have been to every NCAA Tournament since then.

Prior to taking the job at SMU a couple of seasons ago, Brown spent a lot of time around the Kansas program and KU coach Bill Self, who was a graduate assistant for Brown back when Brown led the Jayhawks.

Brown, 75, who was back in town last October for the 60th anniversary of Allen Fieldhouse celebration, has long been a fan, supporter and admirer of the Kansas program and often talked about how his years leading the Jayhawks in Lawrence were some of his best in coaching.

Comments

Mel Wedermyer 5 years ago

Looks like we may have dodged a bullet, Bill didn't get influenced to go to the dark side.

Len Shaffer 5 years ago

There is a certain hypocrisy when we make fun of Calipari, given Brown's history ...

The combo of Larry Brown and SMU would seem to inevitably lead to some kind of NCAA trouble.

Ashwin Rao 5 years ago

Brown is not as smart as Calipari... otherwise he won't be caught with his hands in the cookie jar 3 times! (Calipari only got caught twice)

John Boyle 5 years ago

Yet he (coach Cal) goes merrily along with everyone calling him one of the greatest coaches ever without any negative consequences for his actions. Only others have had to pay for his transgressions (the schools he left behind).

Eliott Reeder 5 years ago

Ummm... people say the same about Brown, and he left Roy in the same situation.

Joe Joseph 5 years ago

Not to mention it just sounds like sour grapes when people (especially KU fans) complain about Calipari.

If Calipari is cheating at Kentucky it will eventually be brought to the surface. Everyone should just rest assured of that and give the guy some credit in the meantime.

Freedman Moor 5 years ago

Sour grapes? The Squid wanted KU. KU didn't (and doesn't) want the Squid.

Suzi Marshall 5 years ago

Brown was a heavy influence role model for Cal. Brown, who was born under a wandering star, has always marched to his own drummer. Brown & Cal knows & loves the game, the players, and the fans. I guess you can say Brown gets busted but always has the best interest of the kids at heart.

Benz Junque 5 years ago

Someone else taking his college class is in the kids best interest?!? Eh...

Suzi Marshall 5 years ago

Yea, I'm on really thin ice with this position. I know LB a little and absolutely believe he looks out for the kids firs, but..."Eh" is right.

Freedman Moor 5 years ago

Larry Brown gets a speedy trial (and conviction) for one violation. On the other hand 15 years of documented fraud by his alma mater nets nothing but...

Freedman Moor 5 years ago

...delays. Is the NCAA hoping everyone is just going to forget?

JD Roth 5 years ago

Sorry about that Semi Ojeleye.

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