Penny Hardaway was in consideration for an NBA head coach job, but he is staying at Memphis. He is also making an addition to his staff.
Hardaway said on Tuesday that he will remain at Memphis to continue building the program.
Jeff Goodman also reported that Hardaway is hiring Larry Brown as an assistant coach.
Brown, 80, has extensive coaching experience in both college and the pros. He last served as a head coach at SMU from 2012-2016. Brown is a good coach but frequently has gotten into trouble with the NCAA, which is what happened at SMU.
Hardaway, 49, has been the head coach at Memphis for three seasons. His team went 20-8 last season and won the NIT.
Amazingly, Larry Brown may not be done coaching just yet.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, new Indiana coach Mike Woodson has discussed a possible staff role with Brown. Brown would not be expected to leave campus or recruit, and the role would be strictly coaching for the 80-year-old Hall of Famer.
Brown has coached just about everywhere during his lengthy career. His most recent stop was in Italy. Prior to that, he was head coach at SMU until 2016.
Woodson served as an assistant under Brown at multiple stops, so the two know each other well. Woodson’s hire at Indiana has not been especially well-received, so any help from one of the best coaching minds available couldn’t hurt.
Larry Brown’s career as the men’s basketball coach at Southern Methodist University came to an ugly end as a result of numerous NCAA violations, but the 77-year-old is not ready to give up coaching just yet.
According to a report from Tuttosport, Brown has accepted a job as the head coach of Fiat Torino of the Lega Basket Serie A league. Former UNC and pro basketball player Dante Calabria will be joining his staff.
There were reports earlier this year that Brown had interest in joining Penny Hardaway’s staff at Memphis, but there were apparently NCAA issues that prevented that from happening.
Brown, who has won a championship at the collegiate and NBA levels, coached at SMU from 2012-2016. His tenure at the school ended with a host of NCAA violations.
A very bizarre Penny Hardaway-Larry Brown dream team will not be formed at Memphis.
Though there were some rumors that Hardaway had interest in bringing Brown on as an assistant upon landing the Memphis job, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported that “multiple NCAA issues” will scuttle that possibility.
Brown’s tenure at SMU ended with a host of NCAA violations, and Hardaway probably won’t want to deal with that on his staff. It seemed like a rather far-flung proposal to begin with, though perhaps Hardaway will want an experienced assistant by his side as he enters the collegiate coaching ranks for the first time.
Could Larry Brown be returning to coaching sidelines near you? One report suggests it’s possible.
According to Fan Rag Sports’ Jon Rothstein, LIU Brooklyn has reached out to Larry Brown about their coaching vacancy. The two sides could meet in the near future.
LIU Brooklyn plays in the Northeast Conference and recently fired previous head coach Jack Perri. Perri led the program for five seasons and went 20-12 this season.
Brown recently revived the SMU basketball program before stepping down last year amid scandal.
Brown is 76 years old but reportedly still is interested in coaching. He had successful stints at UCLA and Kansas prior to heading to the NBA, where he eventually led the Detroit Pistons to a championship, among many other accomplishments.
Brown was born in Brooklyn and went to high school in Long Island.
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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The SMU men’s basketball team has been banned from postseason play this upcoming season in the wake of an NCAA investigation that uncovered rules violations. As a result, Hall of Fame head coach Larry Brown has also been suspended for 30 percent of his team’s games.
According to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com, Brown has been sanctioned due to a “lack of head coach control.” The 75-year-old coach will miss nine games. SMU has also been placed on three years probation and will forfeit nine scholarships during that span.
A portion of the NCAA investigation stemmed from whether former SMU basketball administrator and assistant coach Ulric Maligi helped Mustangs guard Keith Frazier become eligible to play. Maligi took a leave of absence in the middle of last season and reportedly refused to cooperate with investigators.
Brown, whose programs have been sanctioned three times by the NCAA, learned about the alleged violation from Maligi after it occurred but did not report the issue in a timely fashion and was not clear with NCAA officials about what happened when he was first interviewed.
An official announcement regarding sanctions is expected Tuesday.
UPDATE: The NCAA released an official report that included details of the sanctions. Gary Parrish of CBS Sports shared some of the info:
Brown was hit with a “lack of coach control” charge and given a two-year show-cause order. He’ll now be required to attend an NCAA Regional Rules seminar during each year of the show-cause period, and his program will be placed on three years probation and lose three scholarships for three straight years starting in 2016-17 — although SMU will be given credit for its self-imposed two-scholarship reduction for 2015-16, the NCAA announced.
The NCAA’s investigation discovered that former assistant Ulric Maligi “encouraged [Keith Frazier] to enroll in an online course to meet NCAA initial eligibility standards and be admitted to the university. After he enrolled in the course, a former men’s basketball administrative assistant obtained the student’s username and password then completed all of his coursework. The student-athlete received fraudulent credit for the course and, as a result, competed while ineligible during his freshman season. When speaking with NCAA enforcement staff, the student-athlete admitted that the former administrative assistant asked him to provide false information during the interview. In its decision, the panel noted it is very troubled that academic advising was administered by athletics staff.”
Allen Iverson has had some financial trouble since he last played in the NBA more than five years ago. His former coach, the legendary Larry Brown, would like to see the Philadelphia 76ers help Iverson out by giving him a job.
And not just any job.
As Mike Sielski of the Philadelphia Inquirer notes, Brown has spent months lobbying the Sixers to hire Iverson as an assistant general manager.
“I just wish there was some way that he could be involved,” Brown said. “Just teach him about the organization and let him figure it out, figure out how he can help. He can certainly judge talent. He certainly has people’s respect. Kids will listen to anything he said. He’s certainly bright as hell.
“Just teach him how to be involved with the NBA, whatever level you want, but I think ultimately I’d like to see him get into management. I think he’d be a huge asset.”
The Sixers honored Iverson with a jersey retirement ceremony last year, but it seems like that is as far as they want to take their post-basketball relationship with him. The team is aware of the ugly legal battles Iverson has had with his ex-wife Tawanna Turner, and Iverson’s disturbing history with her was again brought to light in Kent Babb’s new biography.
Brown, who feels the Sixers need more basketball people in their analytics-driven front office, doesn’t think the team should be scared off by Iverson’s checkered past.
“What did he mean to Philly?” Brown said. “What does this franchise need more than anything right now, besides players? It needs a shot in the arm, something where you can say, ‘They’re trying to do it the right way.'”
It’s unclear how badly Iverson needs the money, as there have been rumors that a friend of his saved $35 million of Iverson’s money for him in a trust fund.
While we respect that Brown is rallying for a player with whom he had an up-and-down relationship, his endorsements are likely falling on deaf ears.
Allen Iverson’s “practice” rant is easily one of the most infamous exchanges a professional athlete has ever had with the media. And more than 10 years later, we’re getting a better idea of why Iverson may have been so testy.
Was he boozing before he took the podium?
Kent Babb of the Washington Post published an Iverson biography this week entitled “Not a Game: The Incredible Rise and Fall of Allen Iverson.” In it, Babb writes that former Philadelphia 76ers coach Larry Brown suspected Iverson had been drinking before he blew up on the media.
“I assumed he went and fooled around somewhere,” Brown said, tipping his hand up like a bottle, Babb wrote in the book.
Former Sixers general manager Billy King was the one who suggested Iverson speak to the media four days after the Boston Celtics had eliminated Philly from the 2002 playoffs. Iverson had just shown up late to a meeting with Brown and had an argument with the coach over AI’s future with the team. He then left the team facility — presumably to go to a bar — and returned to talk with the press.
John Smallwood, a Daily News reporter who was at the press conference, was convinced Iverson was drunk.
“He was lit. If he had been sober, he would have been able to get himself out of that,” Smallwood was quoted in Babb’s book as saying, per ESPN.com. “He never would’ve gone down that path. Maybe you had to have been around him all the time to know the difference, but we all knew.”
Iverson said two years ago that he was dealing with the death of his best friend at the time and should have never agreed to the news conference.
“They had no idea my best friend had just got killed,” he said. “The press conference wasn’t about practice, it was about me (possibly) being traded from Philadelphia. Nobody ever talked about that, never heard why I was upset or what the conference was about.”
Iverson’s infamous rant has been spoofed more times than we can count. Apparently it may have never happened if he didn’t stop off at a bar room beforehand.
SMU basketball coach Larry Brown does not feel that people are overreacting about just how good Kentucky is this season. The 34-0 Wildcats are the consensus favorite to win the 2015 NCAA Tournament, and Brown thinks they could even beat teams at the next level.
Just how many NBA teams does the 74-year-old coach think John Calipari’s squad could take down? Enough to qualify for the playoffs in the Eastern Conference.
Kentucky is damn good — the best in college basketball, for sure. But could a college team really keep up with NBA teams enough throughout the course of a season to make the playoffs? We doubt it.
Few coaches are more experienced at both the professional and collegiate level than Brown, who last coached in the NBA with the Charlotte Bobcats from 2008 through 2010. And we know there are current NBA players who believe the Wildcats could beat at least one NBA team. Still, doing it consistently would be a major challenge.
Between’s Brown’s comment and this phenomenal quote from Louisville coach Rick Pitino, Calipari’s biggest challenge during the tournament will be keeping his players’ heads from swelling too much. If he can do that, there won’t be many teams that can stop Kentucky.