Recruiting key to Brown's success at SMU

UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas -- Larry Brown won his introductory news conference, which should surprise no one since this is his fourth college coaching job to go with the nine NBA jobs he's had.

Still, he seemed more than comfortable with the notion that he's in charge of a college program for the first time since 1988.

He poked fun at his age, which he should since he's 71. And he joked about struggling to send and receive text messages, a necessity in today's high-tech world of college basketball recruiting.

He even dispelled the notion that he was athletic director Steve Orsini's first choice for the job.

"I don't care if I was the second, third or fourth choice," Brown said. "I couldn't be at a better spot at this time of my life than right here. I don't want people to think I'm just doing this for a little while. I don't feel like, you know, one, two, three, four years. I want to be in this for the long haul."

Good for him.

No one knows whether Brown can succeed at SMU. Orsini's hire will either be a spectacular success or a failure of mammoth proportions.

But it won't be boring.

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