Brown's real estate shuffle not changing SMU plans
Larry Brown's estate in the Philadelphia area is for sale, and the SMU coach is looking for a place closer to campus because his son is coming to the Dallas university.
As for how those developments affect his coaching outlook, he said Wednesday they don't.
''I'm thinking of trying to figure out a way we can be pretty special, and it's not going to happen overnight,'' Brown said. ''That's why I came here, and nothing's changed.''
Brown, the only coach to win NCAA and NBA titles, has downplayed questions about the length of his SMU tenure ever since he was hired and persuaded Tim Jankovich to give up the Illinois State job and become his coach in waiting.
The 72-year-old Brown says the family is exploring options with his son about to graduate high school and enroll at SMU while his daughter still attends a prep school on the East Coast. He said his wife, Shelly, is starting an organic cosmetics business.
''We're kind of trying to figure it out,'' Brown said. ''So I don't know.''
Brown just had his first losing season in eight years of college coaching. He spent two years at UCLA and five at Kansas, where he won the national title in 1988. Back in the college game for the first time since then, Brown went 15-17 with the Mustangs.
A major piece of Brown's rebuilding project signed Wednesday. Keith Frazier led Dallas Kimball High School to the Class 4A state championship game and averaged 23.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.3 assists as a senior. Kimball won a state title his junior year.
''I think the fact that this kid could have gone so many places and him having the confidence in us ... we're pretty fortunate,'' said Brown, who won an NBA title with Detroit in 2004 and spent 31 years combined in the NBA and ABA.
SMU also signed a top junior college prospect in 6-11 Angolan center Yanick Moreira, who averaged 18.2 points and 9.8 rebounds at South Plains College in Texas.