DALLAS (AP) — Larry Brown says he is resigning as SMU’s basketball coach, ending a four-year run during which the Mustangs made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993 and then were banned from postseason play last season.
The 75-year-old coach told ESPN that he was resigning, but didn’t say why. CBS Sports first reported the decision, which was not immediately confirmed by SMU. Brown didn’t immediately return a message left on his cellphone by The Associated Press.
Brown had one season left on his contract and had repeatedly said how much he loved what he was accomplishing at SMU. He had indicated late last season that he wanted to keep coaching.
SMU was 25-5 last season, which came after the Mustangs won 27 games each of the previous two seasons.
But Brown was suspended for the first nine games last season for NCAA violations that also prevented the Mustangs from going to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament.
The NCAA ruled last September that a former men’s basketball administrative assistant completed online course work for a student to meet NCAA initial eligibility standards and be admitted to the university. That was among infractions against the men’s basketball and men’s golf programs.
Guard Keith Frazier, the player in question, averaged 11.9 points in 10 games as a junior last season before leaving SMU and transferring to North Texas. SMU opted not to appeal the one-year postseason ban or Brown’s nine-game suspension.
The Mustangs finished last season with only seven available scholarship players. They won their first 18 games, staying undefeated longer than another other Division I team, but were 7-5 over their final stretch.
Associate head coach Tim Jankovich has been Brown’s expected successor since he came to SMU with Brown in 2012 after serving five seasons as Illinois State head coach. Jankovich was the acting head coach during Brown’s suspension last season.
Brown is the only coach to win NBA and NCAA titles. He held a record nine NBA jobs, and his only previous college jobs had been two seasons at UCLA (1979-81) and five at Kansas (1983-88).
The Jayhawks won the 1988 national championship with Danny Manning leading the way before Brown returned to the NBA as San Antonio’s coach. The Jayhawks were banned from postseason play the next season and placed on probation for recruiting violations that occurred during Brown’s tenure.
UCLA was 42-17 under Brown, but the Bruins’ runner-up finish in the 1980 NCAA Tournament was later vacated by the NCAA after two players were determined to be ineligible.
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