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Larry Brown to return to college coaching?

Posted on: March 20, 2011 5:39 pm
Edited on: March 20, 2011 5:42 pm
 
Former Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown says he wants to return to the college coaching ranks. Posted by Ben Golliver. larry-brown

Larry Brown is one of coaching's great travelling men, having manned the sidelines for an ABA or NBA team in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 200s and 2010s, before being forced out as head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats back in December

But after coaching more than 2,000 games in the NBA, Yahoo! Sports reports that Brown, who is 70 years old, says he is ready to return to the college ranks, where he led the University of Kansas Jayhawks to an NCAA title more than two decades ago.
“Kids want to be in the NBA, and if you can coach and teach and get them ready for the NBA and you’re at a good school, I think you’d have an unbelievable head start on a lot of people. I’ve always tried to get players better, whether as a college coach or a pro coach. Two minutes on the floor on the first day of practice, players know whether you can coach or not.”
“I’d bring in a staff where someone is really good and capable of taking over,” he said. “Look at the people who have worked for me or played for me that are coaching now.”
“I don’t want this to sound wrong, but I think I can teach as well as anyone,” Brown said. “I can win games. I can recruit because I know what it takes to get to the next level and I can be honest with these kids."
Rumors out of Charlotte this fall were that Brown's demanding, exacting style wore on his players and the Bobcats responded well initially when Paul Silas took over from Brown in December. Last season, Brown coached the Bobcats to a winning record and a trip to the playoffs, although they were bounced quickly.

In college, Brown would encounter no such resistance to his teaching style. While the NCAA's quality of play isn't nearly what it is in the NBA, a coach's ability to fashion his team in his mold and impact the lives of his players is significantly greater. That he has already envisioned a situation and a potential coaching staff setup shows that Brown is serious about this undertaking.

There's also the practical matter of the NBA lockout. If ever there was a time for an aging coach to seek refuge in college, this would be it.
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Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: March 21, 2011 11:36 pm
 

Larry Brown to return to college coaching?

Okay at first this might sound really dumb but hear me out...
How about Indiana? I mean think about it would you rather have Tom Crean (best finish: Final 4) or Larry Brown (Best finish: National Champion)? Tom Crean isn't exactly doing the best job right now, seeing that all he has done is lead his team to the bottom of the Big Ten (I put it nicely). Larry Brown would come in then bring in blue chips, re-amp the program and then leave the program in the hands of his number one asistant thus leaving Indiana as a nationally relevant program that send players to the NBA (like a poor mans Kentucky)..
Go Bucks, proud of you boys!



Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: March 21, 2011 10:29 pm
 

Larry Brown to return to college coaching?

He also left them with a national championship, won by a team that ranked a #6 in its region.  We KU fans have treasured that national championship.
His violation was to provide a few dollars to help a possible recruit visit his ailing grandmother.  Really!  The kid never played for Kansas, however.  The sanctions were mild.  



Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: March 21, 2011 8:04 pm
 

Larry Brown to return to college coaching?

Tennessee!!!!!!!!



Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: March 21, 2011 6:20 pm
 

Larry Brown to return to college coaching?

He has a few rings...he can't be THAT overrated.  Perhaps he is old and not what he used to be and has some potential ethical issues, but the last thing I would say about him is that he is grossly overrated.



Since: Mar 17, 2011
Posted on: March 21, 2011 6:00 pm
 

Larry Brown to return to college coaching?

I don't see why anyone would want the old, nomadic Larry Brown as a coach of their program. Also, he's got to to be the most overrated coach of my era, your era and his era as well.



Since: Mar 17, 2011
Posted on: March 21, 2011 5:57 pm
 

Larry Brown to return to college coaching?




Since: Mar 17, 2011
Posted on: March 21, 2011 5:54 pm
 

Larry Brown to return to college coaching?




Since: May 10, 2010
Posted on: March 21, 2011 4:53 pm
 

Larry Brown to return to college coaching?

Hi blogosphere,

I have no doubt that Larry Brown is considering a "return" to college coaching.  I use sarcastic quotations because I think a "return" involves a stint longer than it takes to locate the next hot job on the market.  Imagine it now.  Larry Brown coaches Tennessee for 1 season, gets the Vols to the Sweet 16 or Elite 8, then bolts for a Washington State, Virginia Tech, Milwaukee Bucs, or even say Hungary's Falco-Szova. 

I mean seriously, Larry Brown is rumored to be headed everywhere...becasue he has been around the world twice and wants another farwell tour.  The only difference between Larry Brown and Mick Jaggar is that Mick still looks like he can handle the work/employment he garners (even if he too is too old).

While no person should mindfully dispute the extent of Brown's coaching success, it is apparent that his will to find his next job is still at an all-time high while his ability to match win totals with expectations is not what it was even a few short years ago.




Since: Mar 21, 2011
Posted on: March 21, 2011 2:22 pm
 

Larry Brown to return to college coaching?

I tell you what, Illinois would greet him with OPEN ARMS if he would come! Please come to Illinois Larry, Weber has to go.



Since: Mar 21, 2011
Posted on: March 21, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Larry Brown to return to college coaching?

Fresno State, 16,000 seat arena, fan base dying for a winner, moving to MWC(which has placed 2 teams in sweet sixteen) and a community that will follow a winner, only major university in area(sport wise) Money would be only issue, but at this time in his career, I wouldn't think $ would be his issue.


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