Larry Brown named coach at SMU

  • Thu Apr 19th, 2012 2:47pm
  • Sports

Associated Press

DALLAS — Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown has been hired by SMU.

The 71-year-old Brown says he’s looking forward to the challenge with the Mustangs, who are moving from Conference USA to the much-tougher Big East Conference after next season. It is his first college job in nearly a quarter century.

SMU athletic director Steve Orsini calls Brown a legend who has made every team he has ever coached a winner.

Brown and SMU reached an agreement Thursday. Brown was on the SMU campus Sunday and Monday, and tells The Associated Press it was a phenomenal visit.

SMU fired Matt Doherty last month after six seasons.

The Mustangs haven’t won an NCAA tournament game since 1988, the year Brown led Kansas to the national championship in his last college season.