Larry Brown came from out of nowhere about a week and a half ago to add his name in the mix for the vacant SMU head coaching job. He came in and interviewed on Sunday with the school and has been named as the favorite to land the job by most of the local media. While this would be an impressive hire for SMU, it would be one that could raise a lot of eyebrows.
Larry Brown is 71 years old and has not coached in college basketball since 1988, which was a championship Kansas team. Since then he has been an NBA coaching vagabond going just about anywhere and everywhere. Brown has not coached since he left the Charlotte Bobcats in 2010. You want this guy to come in and be your coach as SMU transitions to the Big East? He hasn’t coached or recruited in college in 24 years.
Is Larry Brown the type of name that will make a national splash? Sure…but he doesn’t have a proven track record in the college game of today. Things are vastly different in the College Basketball game of today than they were so long ago when coached at Kansas. I realize that SMU is probably grasping at straws right now, but there has to be an assistant coach somewhere that is a better option…right?
If SMU does in fact hire Larry Brown, then expect him to bring in an assistant that will have the “Coach in waiting” tag. Because at 71 years old, Brown will not be around for the long haul, which is why I feel that hiring him could be a mistake. With the fragile state of the program and the impending move to the Big East, you want someone who can commit long term. Brown may work out for the school and put SMU in a better position, but I would think fans would want to see someone who is an “up and comer” take over.
There has been no time table on when an announcement will be made, and no one has confirmed he is the next head coach. This is all based of speculation at this point, but usually when one name gets a big push, then they are the one that gets hired. Only the administration, Larry Brown and his agent know if there has been an offer or not. The next announcement we hear may be of his hiring.