Reporting Nate Griffin
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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – It’s official! Hall of Fame Coach Larry Brown has been named the new head men’s basketball coach at SMU. He is the only head coach to win an NCAA title and an NBA Championship.
Brown won an NBA title with the Detroit Pistons in 2004 and an NCAA title with Kansas in 1988. He was inducted as a coach into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002. Brown said he looks forward to rejoining the coaching ranks.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to coach at SMU,” said Brown. “I’ve built so many relationships in the basketball world and my success has been due to the coaches I’ve played for and the players I’ve coached. I want to thank them all. I always thought of myself as a college coach and this gives me a wonderful chance to get back where I started.”
FROM THE START
Brown started his coaching career in the ABA where he led Carolina Cougars from 1972-74 before taking over as coach in Denver for two seasons. He continued with the Nuggets following their move to the NBA before transitioning to the college ranks and UCLA. While at UCLA, Brown led his team to the 1980 NCAA title game before losing to Denny Crum and Louisville.
He is the sixth most winning coach in NBA history with 1,098 career victories. Brown’s teams appeared in 18 playoff appearances, amassed eight 50-win seasons, seven division titles, three conference championships, and one NBA Championship. He was most recently the head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats.
Brown will join the Conference USA coaching ranks and former Kansas star Danny Manning, the new Head Coach at Tulsa, for one last season before SMU joins the Big East in 2013. The two won a championship at Kansas in 1988, Brown as head coach, Manning as the star player.