Friday, July 8, 2016

Larry Brown resigns from SMU

FILE - In this March 6, 2016, file photo, SMU head coach Larry Brown works the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Cincinnati, in Cincinnati. Larry Brown says he is resigning as SMU's basketball coach, ending a four-year run during which the Mustangs made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993 and then were banned from postseason play last season. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

FILE - In this March 6, 2016, file photo, SMU head coach Larry Brown works the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Cincinnati, in Cincinnati. Larry Brown says he is resigning as SMU's basketball coach, ending a four-year run during which the Mustangs made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993 and then were banned from postseason play last season. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)


Well traveled basketball coach Larry Brown led SMU to at least 25 wins in each of the past three seasons, but won’t be back for a fifth year with the Mustangs.

Brown told ESPN’s Andy Katz on Friday he is resigning.

Tim Jankovich, a former Bill Self assistant at Kansas and SMU’s associate head coach, will reportedly take over the program.

Though Brown didn’t tell Katz his reason for stepping down — “I’ve got nothing else I can say right now,” Brown told ESPN — CBS Sports reported the 75-year-old resigned because SMU didn’t show interest in giving him a longterm contract extension.

A former head coach at UCLA and Kansas, Brown went 94-39 at SMU in his four seasons, and guided the Mustangs to the 2015 NCAA Tournament.

Brown spent much of his career in the NBA, winning a championship with Detroit in 2004, but also led both UCLA and KU to a Final Four berth and won the national championship at Kansas in 1988.

In what proved to be Brown’s final season at SMU, he served a nine-game suspension and the NCAA banned the Mustangs from the postseason, after an investigation surrounding guard Keith Frazier found a “lack of coach control.”


Jay Scott 5 years, 3 months ago

Larry wanted a long term extension.

Larry. You're 75, The NCAA is chewing on your butt. No. You're not getting a 5 year deal.

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 3 months ago

I admire the drive and energy Brown still has. I pray to have half as much upon reaching the mid 70s. With regards to the longer term contract, say 5 years, if a person delivers results, maintains the energy/enthusiasm/ethics....more power to you...go for it.

By the way, speaking of LB, it reminds me his contribution to bringing The Rules to Kansas. You'll probably find this link to David Rubinstein (Booth's Duke bidding competitor...and friend) of interest. Rubinstein collects rare documents, mostly American History.

Titus Canby 5 years, 3 months ago

Spot on, as always Suzi.

I will forever thank Larry Brown for reviving our basketball program, and for his continued loyalty to KU.

Kyle Rohde 5 years, 3 months ago

If it wasn't for Danny Manning, Brown would be remembered very differently. Everyone is so quick to forget he left KU with serious violations that Roy then had to deal with.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 3 months ago

True enough Jay... But Larry is a young 75. It's amazing how well he has done everywhere he has gone with the exception of the New York Knicks (where coaches go to die). An NBA championship, a NCAA championship and the only male player to both play and coach in the Olympics. Over 1000 victories in the NBA and led three different teams into the NCAA tournament.

Most importantly was the turnaround at Kansas. KU was nearing an all-time low point and then went on the NCAA championship in five years.

I don't know if he really wanted a long-term deal. This way, he can walk away and HOPEFULLY enjoy retirement.

Brian Wilson 5 years, 3 months ago

LOL Jay,

I understand what you are saying but if Larry got a long term contract that doesn't mean he is staying that long that just means he wanted a big bonus upfront and SMU wasn't in the mood to pay Brown a bunch of extra money for the job he was doing. IMO, Brown saved this program and he deserved it. If If it hadn't been for Larry taking a little pity on SMU and becoming their head coach SMU would be on the edge of the Missouri Valley Conference. I won't be surprised if he ends up somewhere but it will be nice to see him in AFH if he decides to sit a year. Larry though can hardly sit still My second thought is that I pray there is no other extenuating health circumstance that has contributed to this happening at this unusual time

Jay Scott 5 years, 3 months ago

Nobody else wants Larry. He's a liability at the NCAA.

Humpy Helsel 5 years, 3 months ago

As long as he can see and sit up, and can yell, there will always be someone wanting to have Larry Brown coach their team. Two to three years of Larry is like a lifetime when you are a fan of his teams. No matter who they have returning, his teams will become significantly better than in the previous years.

Len Shaffer 5 years, 3 months ago

I'll have to disagree with you, Brian. Larry has had three consistents when it comes to his college coaching: (1) he has a tremendous record; (2) he doesn't stay long at a place; and (3) he gets the program in trouble.

As great as his record was at SMU, he also got the program in trouble, as he did at both UCLA and KU. That's not worthy of a tremendous bonus.

Harlan Hobbs 5 years, 3 months ago

You are absolutely right Suzi. In fact, in the ESPN 30/30 program that aired a year or so ago on the subject of the purchase of the rules by the Booth family, an interview with Larry Brown was included in the presentation.

Larry was very adamant that the rules belonged at KU. He continued to add that KU is the best place to coach college basketball, a sentiment that Bill Self has made several times and even Roy Williams inferred in his interview that was part of the program.

When you consider the history at KU from James Naismith, Phog Allen, and Dick Harp, to Ted Owens, Larry Brown, Roy Williams, and Bill Self, you really are talking about the "cream of the crop."

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 3 months ago

I'm not the biggest Harp fan as a basketball coach. Great human being but he's a horrible coach.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 3 months ago

and the program was definitely trending down with Owens. LB didn't resurrect our program like he did SMU, but he most definitely did bring it out of a coma.

We are where we are today because of LB as much as the 2 coaches that followed.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 3 months ago

Bringing KU out of a coma kinda sounds like he resurrected the program. 26 - 30 over Owens last two years to a NCAA title in 5 years.

Good enough for me...

Dirk Medema 5 years, 3 months ago

Sounds like a Monty Python "most dead" line.

Marius Rowlanski 5 years, 3 months ago

I'm not nearly witty enough Dirk... Monty Python sets the bar high

Brett McCabe 5 years, 3 months ago

Baylor should hire him to coach football - he'd do a better job than the guy they hired. Pho did it, so could Larry.

Jay Scott 5 years, 3 months ago

Larry, who's never played or coached football, could coach football better than the Baylor football coach..... Just when it seems like you've said the stupidest thing eve.....

You should talk to him about how Golden State would have won the NBA Finals if Brandon Rush and his. 000 shooting had played more..

Brett McCabe 5 years, 3 months ago

Again with the reading comprehension. It was a joke - maybe not funny - but obvious to anyone with a brain - just a quip.

Jay trolling, not understanding and joined by FIRE BILL SELF. That's all you need to know. Two doofus's who are too stupid to know how stupid they are. It's ironic Jay how you keep announcing how dumb I am by replying to posts that you don't understand.

Your obsession with me continues, unabated. You are one weird a-hole.

Jay Scott 5 years, 3 months ago

It was humor and sarcasm? Your attempts at that are worse than your attempts at intelligent thought.

If you don't like your comments identified as stupid, dont post stupid comments.....

Dirk Medema 5 years, 3 months ago

Brett - I thought it was funny and rather obvious sarcasm, but then I also don't come here looking for something to complain about.

Bryce Landon 5 years, 3 months ago

Wow, talk about a post completely from left field...but then again, as your avatar suggests, you are a Hill-Rod supporting Democrat, so I guess expecting you to post anything logical is asking too much.

Brett McCabe 5 years, 3 months ago

See above, dip-sh*t. If you need someone to read posts to you in the future, and explain them, ask your neighbor.

Bryce Landon 5 years, 3 months ago

Has it ever occurred to you that maybe you're not as funny a guy as you think you are?

Bryce Landon 5 years, 3 months ago

I love Larry Brown as a coach of our 1988 national champs as much as any Jayhawk, but let's call this what it is - a low-rent move on his part. To get a school in big trouble with the NCAA the way he did, and to bolt from them when there's no time for that program to find a decent coach to replace him, is really bush-league. He just set the Mustangs program back at least 10 years.

Brett McCabe 5 years, 3 months ago

Except for the fact that Jankovich was brought on specifically to replace Brown when he left. Try keeping up.

Ben Berglund 5 years, 3 months ago

I was going to say the same thing as Brett. LB literally came in with a succession plan (Jankovich) and totally revived their program. Just a dumb comment by Bryce. I hope LB hangs out with our team this year the way he did in '12.

Bryce Landon 5 years, 3 months ago

Forgot about Jank being on the staff with Brown until I heard D.A. talk about it this evening on CBS Sports Radio. Still a low-rent move by Brown to leave SMU the way he did, with or without a plan of succession.

Eric TheCapn 5 years, 3 months ago

Perhaps read the article before commenting on it? Third sentence.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 3 months ago

Actually, Larry is doing SMU a bit of a favor by stepping down now. He has a successor arranged that is fully knowledgable about operating the program. With Larry stepping down, his lack of a long term contract can't be used against SMU in recruiting. That is important and thoughtful.

Linda Trotter 5 years, 3 months ago

It would be hard to find another coach as knowledgeable about basketball as LB. He may be 75, but still has the years of knowledge and enthusiasm for the game needed to coach any team to a winning season.

Brett McCabe 5 years, 3 months ago

Absolutely true. The timing of the announcement may make it difficult for him to find something in the coming season, otherwise I would say that he'd have a job and he'd do it well.

To Ben's comment, above, I would love to see him back in Lawrence for the upcoming season!

Len Shaffer 5 years, 3 months ago

Unfortunately, he also still has the questionable (at best) ethics to get a program in trouble. It's a shame he can't have the winning without the NCAA issues.

Bryce Landon 5 years, 3 months ago

He's better suited for the NBA. He doesn't have to recruit (which he's on record as saying that he hates), and he doesn't have the giant albatross that is the NCAA rule-book hanging around his neck. Again, I'm glad he won us the 1988 title, but based on the fact that he hates recruiting and can't avoid rulebreaking, Kansas should have been his last college coaching gig.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 3 months ago

It's not Larry's ethics that get him in trouble. IIRC, the bulk of his trouble at KU surrounded helping a recruit get to a family funeral or something like that, and not even a player on the team.

Larry's problems all seem to center around not be concerned enough about the regulatory/non-basketball side of a program, or finding support staff that is effective enough in monitoring it.

It strikes me as an ironic parallel to 1 of his players rants, and potentially one of the all time classics. "Practice? We're talking about practice? Practice?" AI just wanted to play ball, and so does Larry.

Titus Canby 5 years, 3 months ago

Good point Dirk. Larry did a good thing by helping a recruit get to his grandmother's funeral. The NCAA punished us for his good deed.

Jim Stauffer 5 years, 3 months ago

Larry is the best bench coach in basketball history, period! Having said that, the college landscape with the NCAA looking over the shoulder of anyone who has had violations in the past is a tough atmosphere for him to work in.

He does hate recruiting. He is a very selfish guy. But watch how he teaches unselfish basketball and say you don't love to watch his teams play.

Who is the world could have restored SMU in on year like he did?

If my team has a 5 point lead with 5 minutes to go in the game. Get everyone else out of the way and give me Larry Brown. I will win more often than with anyone you can name.

And the crimes he purportedly committed at Kansas worthy of the punishment? C'mon man, the NCAA haunts this guy like a stalker. Good, reputable guys have done worse with no recriminations. Just look at what went on at UNC and what will happen to them? Nothing. Amazing.

Don't bring any anti Larry Brown stuff around here.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 3 months ago

That is one of my favorite parts of the '88 NC, and really the whole run through the tourney. He was and remains a master, and it was an amazing contrast in the NC game. Almost felt sorry for OU. Okay, not really.

Robert Brock 5 years, 3 months ago

Larry Brown has an amazing basketball mind. I wish that he could make himself retire - c'mon, the guy has made a fortune coaching hoops - and that he would move to Lawrence and give friendly advice to the KU staff. He is fun to have around.

Brad Sherp 5 years, 3 months ago

I think that Brown is the greatest basketball coach of all time. No one has done more with less.

Sure, there are coaches with more titles, but Brown turned horrible teams into winners. He took a time with Allen Iverson and a bunch of nobodys to the NBA Finals. We often forget how stacked the Lakers team was that he and the Pistons defeated in the finals, with Kobe, Shaq, Malone and Payton. The Pistons where HUGE underdogs. He took the Clippers to the playoffs when they were a joke of a franchise in the early 90's. At the time people said that achievement alone was enough to earn him a spot in the Hall of Fame.

Where most coaches look for teams who have talent to work with, Brown sought out jobs where a total turnaround was required.

I think he is also the only head coach to win an NCAA and NBA title.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 3 months ago

So spot on Brad. Great comment and observations. It would be so cool to see Larry hanging out around the fieldhouse. It would even be cool to see him set up a little BB consulting business, or maybe establish an AAU team - he wouldn't have to worry about any regulatory oversight there.

Mostly, I'm hopeful that one of the networks can pick him up as a color commentator. Such a massive improvement over mush-mouthed stooges that sometimes sit in front of microphones. Front row seat for every KU BB game? That would be amazing and so ridiculously insightful. It might even help to reduce idiotic comments, though there are still some that know more.

Bryce Landon 5 years, 3 months ago

You are right; he IS the only coach to win both an NCAA title (Kansas) and an NBA title (Detroit)

Erich Hartmann 5 years, 3 months ago

Why the oddball comments by some here? Can't act like we are all KU fans or alums, fans of the same team? Pretty much quit posting here couple of yrs ago, except occasionally...nothing has changed. Still skim the stories, never answer the surveys. Take care, y'all.


Eric TheCapn 5 years, 3 months ago

Because: the Internet. So much hate. As an Eric, I miss you, Erich. I pretty much abandoned posting here too. Funny that we found the same one to post on. I used to log in for every game, but the timing of different broadcast methods ruined it for me. The staff deleting any critiques or suggestions didn't help (watch them delete this). Rock Chalk Jayhawk, ol' pal! Amazing career, Larry!

Kris Hays 5 years, 3 months ago

Hopefully all that time he spent watching Villanova practice will result in a revenge win if the opportunity presents itself. Believe me it was no fun losing to the Wildcats living so close to Nova campus...

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