Larry Brown Takes Over at SMU

April 19, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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Coaching Legend Larry Brown will take over at new Big East member SMU next season. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown will take over at Southern Methodist University, according to a report on the school’s website Thursday.

Brown, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002, is the only coach to win an NCAA title (Kansas in 1988) and NBA title (Detroit in 2004).

“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.”

The well-traveled Brown has coached nine NBA teams, leading eight of them to the playoffs, and two college teams. In his seven combined seasons at UCLA and Kansas he led his teams to three Final Four appearances.