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Larry Brown reportedly resigning from SMU over contract dispute


Larry Brown announced on Friday that he is stepping down as head coach of the SMU men’s basketball team.

When asked about the decision by ESPN’s Andy Katz, Brown declined to provide a reason.

“I’ve got nothing else to say right now,” Brown said. “I have to text the parents of my players.”

The 75-year-old was then asked if health has anything to do with him leaving the program, to which he simply replied, “I’m OK.”

One report claims Brown was seeking a five-year contract extension from SMU and the school was only willing to offer two or three years.

Tim Jankovich, who was hired as the coach-in-waiting for the Mustangs in 2012, will now take over for Brown.

Brown took over the SMU program in 2012 and led the Mustangs to a 15-17 record. His impact on the recruiting trail was immediately felt after that, as SMU won 25 or more games in each of the next three seasons, winning the American Athletic Conference in 2015 and qualifying for the NCAA Tournament. The Mustangs would have made it back-to-back tournament appearances last season if not for a self-imposed ban due to NCAA violations. You can read more about that and Brown’s suspension here.

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