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Big 12 media days live: Day 2

July, 22, 2014
Jul 22
The Big 12 media days continue on Tuesday in Dallas, as Oklahoma's Bob Stoops and new Texas coach Charlie Strong each take the stage. Keep this page open throughout the day's proceedings as we bring you the latest from our reporters, who will cover all 10 teams at the event.

Larry Brown: Better not sleep on SMU

August, 20, 2013
On Monday afternoon, Larry Brown was making sure his son, L.J., got settled into his freshman dorm room at SMU.

And then he went back to his office, settling in for yet another grind of a day to ensure the Mustangs will matter.

Suddenly, a year after Brown decided to go back to college coaching for the first time in three decades, there is a sense that he is fully comfortable with this new life, not ready to retire or bolt to the next gig, as he's done so many times in his storied career.

"I want to see my son graduate,'' said Brown, whose son wanted to attend SMU for its performing arts program. "This helps in recruiting.''

But does it really mean he is going to stay as the coach for the next four years?

Who knows. But he may not have to wait that long to get SMU into the college basketball public consciousness.

"We are going to be relevant,'' said Brown, whose Mustangs head from the relative obscurity of the bottom of Conference USA to the new American Athletic Conference. SMU will have two games each against Louisville, UConn, Memphis, Cincinnati and Temple in a league that will be featured quite a bit on ESPN's platforms.

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Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.comA McDonald's All American at SMU? Believe it. Dallas native Keith Frazier stayed home.
"We've got a JC center [Yanick Moreira] who can play,'' Brown said. "We've got Keith [Frazier] who can play. We've got two other kids [Sterling Brown and Ben Moore] who can play. We've got all five starters back. We've got Nic Moore [transfer point guard from Illinois State]. I don't know if any of the starters will play. We have competition at every position.

"We're pretty good and we're going to be pretty good for a long time."

Brown took the job a year ago and hired Illinois State head coach Tim Jankovich as his coach-in-waiting. He may wait for a while the way Brown is talking right now.

The Mustangs were 15-17 last season, 5-11 in C-USA. There were no blowout losses in the league. Most of them were close and a few could have easily gone either way.

"We were in every game but three,'' said Brown, who admitted he probably should have held onto more of the players who bolted a year ago because depth was an issue. But he had a feeling he was going to recruit well.

He did. Landing ESPN 100 recruit Frazier was a major step, landing an in-state player from Dallas who showed that it was OK to stay home.

Brown has been involved with blue bloods like North Carolina, UCLA and Kansas. In the 1980s, he could choose in recruiting from a handful of elite players.

"I didn't realize at SMU you had to look at so many kids,'' Brown said. "But we got Frazier and Yanick and that gave us a whole different perception. Selfishly, I thought it would be quicker. But realistically, it was much harder than I thought.''

Quicker? It's only Year 2.

Of course, the Mustangs won't be expected to finish anywhere above fifth in the 10-team league with Louisville, UConn, Memphis and Cincinnati set as the first tier. But SMU does have a chance to knock on that door as well as push back Temple, Houston, South Florida, Rutgers and Central Florida.

"I believe without question that we're going to be good,'' Brown said.

The Mustangs' nonconference slate is highlighted by a road game at Arkansas and a neutral-site matchup with Virginia in the Corpus Christi tournament. Having Moore's experience changes the face of this team immediately. He was a stud in the Missouri Valley and could be one of the top guards in the American in what should be the strongest/deepest position in the league.

"He can make shots and is a great competitor,'' Brown said. "I think if we had him last year we would have won 25 games. Having him and Markus Kennedy [a transfer from Villanova] and Crandall [Head, a transfer from Illinois] practicing with us for a year helped us. Nic is a winner. We didn't have a point guard last year and that cost us a lot. Now we have one with a year experience.''

Brown is banking on SMU making its mark in Dallas, something that has proven to be extremely difficult for decades in the football-heavy market. He has visions of a Georgetown-like program with its strong academics and city footprint. But of course football still is the program of record at SMU and in Dallas that won't change. Still, landing Frazier and recruiting well in the fertile area of Texas is critical to the health of the program.

"We're going to get our share,'' Brown said. "We're going to get more than Frazier.''

The learning curve for Brown in the past year has been immense. He had been gone from the college game since 1988. Then, he had to call recruits. Now, he must text.

"Players don't want to talk,'' Brown said. "I'm 73. What do they want to talk to me about? It's different now. But it has been great to work with them. I've realized I did the right thing. Tim has been great. I tease him that we're going to be really good and so if there is another good job out there why not go and consider that. It is set in writing that if I leave, but what if we got real good. Somebody is going to recognize that [and go after Jankovich].''

Brown said the athleticism on this team, the length and the overall commitment to defense will allow the Mustangs to be even better in the area of the game he loves -- defending. Will that be enough for the school's first NCAA tourney trip in more than two decades? Brown isn't ruling it out.

"Last year's team with the personnel we had did a phenomenal job,'' Brown said. "This year we will be so much better."

What to watch: SMU spring game

April, 19, 2013
The Mustangs will have an open practice at 9 a.m. Saturday at Pettus Practice Field, with many current and former players signing autographs afterward. There will be an NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition afterward for kids ages 6 through eighth grade.

The Mustangs are intriguing, first and foremost, because they brought Hal Mumme aboard as their assistant head coach and passing game coordinator. Pairing the Air Raid curator with head coach June Jones and his run 'n' shoot pedigree is a fascinating experiment in and of itself.

Kenneth Acker, who is coming off a second-team All-Conference USA season in the secondary, is another experiment this spring, with the staff splitting the cornerback wide to catch some passes with the offense.

Defensively, the Mustangs are replacing a bulk of their production from last season, with Margus Hunt, Ja'Gared Davis and Taylor Reed all gone. Kevin Pope and Robert Seals must step up at linebacker.

SMU parts with two assistant coaches

February, 28, 2013
SMU head coach June Jones announced in a news release Thursday that assistant coaches Joe Haering and Bob Palcic will not return for the 2013 season. Haering's contract expires in June, at which time he will pursue other opportunities, while Palcic recently announced his retirement.

"I want to thank Joe and Bob for all their work for our program," Jones said. "They were both valuable members of our staff and we wish them the best."

Haering spent four years with SMU as assistant linebackers coach and helped the Mustang reach a school-record four straight bowl games. He had previously spent 12 seasons as a college scout with the Buffalo Bills.

Palcic just completed his first season as offensive line coach with the Mustangs.

SMU opens spring practice March 25.

SMU picks up model prospect

February, 6, 2013
There are all sorts of strange and interesting recruiting stories around Signing Day.

But this one? Well, this one is about as unique as they come.

SMU signed a male supermodel Wednesday -- defensive back Myles Crosby out of Colleyville, Texas. Here is how SMU describes him in its signing day press release:
Became one of the youngest stars in the modeling industry at age 17, posing in Calvin Klein ads for jeans, underwear and the Euphoria fragrance... Has graced the pages of Esquire, GQ and Vanity Fair, to name a few.

Does this give new meaning to the word Beeeeeefcake?

In all seriousness, Crosby has put his modeling career on hold to play football, meaning he will turn down thousands and thousands of dollars to make countless hits over the next four to five years. And he is perfectly fine with that.

Crosby told The Dallas Morning News, "I have a passion for football and I want an education This modeling (stuff) could only last another year and then I’d have no education and never get to play football. I’d regret it for the rest of my life."

Still, Crosby is probably going to have to prepare himself for plenty of ribbing from his new teammates. How could he not, with a quote like this one from Gerald Frankowski, director of the men’s division at the Kim Dawson Agency:

“With him it was his cheekbones, his jawlines, his lips and his eyes,” Frankowski told the Morning News. “He is the total package.”

Deion Sanders Jr. joins SMU recruiting class

February, 6, 2013
Coming off its school-record fourth consecutive bowl appearance, SMU announced a recruiting class of 19 student-athletes and four January enrollees Wednesday as it heads to the Big East.

Running back Traylon Shead, quarterback Kolney Cassel, tight end Jeremiah Gaines and defensive end Zelt Minor are among the highest-rated recruits by Rivals.com

SMU also added three players with NFL bloodlines, including the son of former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Deion Sanders, Deion Sanders Jr., as well as Spencer Hollie (Doug Hollie) and Jesse Montgomery (Alton Montgomery).

"We think as coaches this is our best-looking class physically, along with our best athletically at all positions, since coming to SMU," coach June Jones said through a release from SMU. "With our move to the Big East, we will be playing a step up in talent and I feel this group will be able to compete as we make our move to our new home. This class will allow us to play the game at the highest level possible."

SMU learns Big East opponents for 2013

December, 11, 2012
The Big East released its home-and-away football schedules for next season Tuesday, and most notably, the league has departing members Rutgers and Louisville taking trips to Boise State.

The 2013 season will be the first featuring a 12-team Big East format and two divisions, with new members Boise State, San Diego State, UCF, SMU, Houston and Memphis joining.

Boise State, UCF, UConn, Temple. Away: Houston, Memphis, San Diego State, USF

Big East, Smu

SMU to play in Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve

November, 26, 2012
With five bowl-eligible teams, Conference USA has announced its contingency plan heading into the league's championship game this Saturday. And, under both scenarios, the SMU Mustangs will be playing in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve.

Here are the scenarios.

If Tulsa wins the championship game, this will be C-USA's bowl lineup:

Tulsa: AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Dec. 31, Memphis, Tenn.
Rice: Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, Dec. 29, Fort Worth
SMU: Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, Dec. 24, Honolulu, Hawaii
East Carolina: R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Dec. 22, New Orleans
Central Florida: Beef `O' Brady's Bowl, Dec. 21, St. Petersburg, Fla.

If UCF wins the championship game, this will be C-USA's bowl lineup:

Central Florida: AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Dec. 31, Memphis, Tenn.
Tulsa: Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, Dec. 29, Fort Worth
SMU: Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, Dec. 24, Honolulu, Hawaii
Rice: R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Dec. 22, New Orleans
East Carolina: Beef `O' Brady's Bowl, Dec. 21, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Texas Tech gets Thanksgiving date with Texas

November, 20, 2012
Texas Tech has announced its 2013 football schedule, and the Red Raiders will be visiting the Texas Longhorns on Thanksgiving Day as well as opening the season in Dallas against SMU.

“We are very pleased with the 2013 schedule,” Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said in a statement. “We will get two off weeks during the season and I think they are at times that could really help us. Overall, it’s a very challenging schedule but that is what you get in the Big 12 Conference.”

The 2013 Schedule
Aug. 31: at SMU
Sept. 7: vs. Stephen F. Austin
Sept. 14: vs. TCU
Sept. 21: vs. Texas State
Sept. 28: BYE
Oct. 5: at *Kansas
Oct. 12: vs. *Iowa State
Oct. 19: at *West Virginia
Oct. 26: at *Oklahoma
Nov. 2: vs. *Oklahoma State
Nov. 9: vs. *Kansas State
Nov. 16: vs. *Baylor (site to be determined)
Nov. 23: BYE
Nov. 28: at *Texas
This week, ESPN.com is breaking down the nonconference schedules of each and every team in a dozen of nation's top leagues.


Next-toughest: at Utah (Dec. 18), Cable Car Classic (Dec. 21-22), Wyoming (Jan. 2)
The rest: Loyola Marymount (Nov. 11), at TCU (Nov. 15), at Texas State (Nov. 17), Alcorn State (Nov. 19), Rider (Nov. 21), Hoops For Hope Classic (Nov. 24-25), at Hofstra (Dec. 1), at Rhode Island (Dec. 15), Furman (Dec. 30)
Toughness scale (1-10): 2 -- Southern Methodist had a huge offseason, hiring the legendary Larry Brown and a coterie of well-respected assistants. In a year, it will join the Big East. Big things are happening. If you didn't know any better, though, this schedule could convince you otherwise. It is awful.
-- Eamonn Brennan


Toughest: CBE Classic (Nov. 19-20 in Kansas City)
Next-toughest: vs. Oklahoma (Dec. 15 in Oklahoma City), at Houston (Dec. 1)
The rest: Louisiana Tech (Nov. 9), Troy (Nov. 12), Prairie View A&M (Nov. 15), Northwestern State (Nov. 26), Stephen F. Austin (Dec. 5), Texas A&M Corpus-Christi (Dec. 18), Southern (Dec. 22), Army (Dec. 29), Houston Baptist (Jan. 4)
Toughness scale (1-10): 4 -- The Aggies could have a tough SEC debut after losing so much talent from last season (see Khris Middleton and Dash Harris). This slate features enough of a cakewalk to build their confidence prior to conference play, although the CBE opener against Saint Louis is top-notch and either Kansas or Washington State awaits.
-- Myron Medcalf

SMU adding 3,500 seats for Texas A&M game

August, 29, 2012
SMU announced plans to install 3,500 seats at Ford Stadium to accommodate the ticket demand for the Sept. 15 game against Texas A&M.

Tickets for the game are available by calling 214-768-4263 or at Ticketmaster.

Installation of the extra seats is scheduled to begin Sept. 9, the day after the Mustangs' home opener against Stephen F. Austin. SMU's season opener is Sunday at Baylor.

Larry Brown hits recruiting trail for SMU

July, 12, 2012
After spending the first full day of the July evaluation period on Thursday watching games in Philadelphia, SMU coach Larry Brown is off to Indianapolis this weekend, where he'll work with his assistant and coach-in-waiting Tim Jankovich to identify and contact recruits.
It's a far cry from the last time Brown was out recruiting when he was head coach at Kansas in the 1980s.

"They had one tournament then," said Brown. "They had the Nike camp at Princeton. And when you're at Kansas or UCLA or North Carolina, you're looking at only a few players. Now, I'm looking at 4,000."

OK, so maybe not that many.

But Brown is at SMU, and while the Mustangs are leaving Conference USA after this season to head to the Big East, SMU still isn't in the same pool that Brown used to swim in.

"I sat with Bill Self and John Calipari in Virginia [in April, one of the two weekends coaches were allowed to be out], and they weren't looking at the same guys I was looking at," Brown said. "Your taste is a little different."

The timing of Brown's foray back into college basketball is perfect considering a new rule that allows coaches access to their players while they're enrolled in summer school. Players and staff were kept separate in the offseason, but now they can practice two hours a week. This is a major development in keeping access for college coaches when players need to be monitored and coached the most. It also plays into Brown's greatest strength as a coach: on-court instruction.

"It has been phenomenal," Brown said. "When you're starting a new program … this has been such a blessing to be able to work with your kids prior to the season. I feel pretty fortunate with that.

"I like to teach. That's why I came back. But I've got to be realistic. We're going into the Big East, and there will be tremendous talent. We've got to upgrade it as much as we can. We have to coach them up and make them better."

SMU had one guard who would be considered a Big East-level talent in Arizona transfer Josiah Turner, who played one season at Arizona and averaged 6.8 points and 2.4 assists. He was also suspended twice by coach Sean Miller. However, Turner didn't want to go to school and left SMU before he started, opting to pursue a professional career.

"We talked for a long time, and he doesn't want to go to school," said Brown. "I said then go to JC for a year, so you don't have to sit and then play. But he said, 'Coach, I don't want to go to class.' I was trying to help him with the D-League, but if you don't put your name in the draft, you can't play in the summer league. There are agents all over him, but I was trying to help and guide him. Hopefully he won't go to Europe. Hopefully he can get in the D-League and play."

Brown said the most impressive thing he's seen so far on the recruiting trail during a few snapshots in April and the first 24 hours of the July evaluating period is the overall athleticism.

"The kids are unbelievably athletic. It's amazing," Brown said. "But there's a whole different mentality now. They are playing more games in the summer and the spring and in the fall than they do in high school. They play too many games. I feel bad for the kids. But talent-wise, it's the athleticism that's unbelievable.

"I just hope I have a chance to coach some of them," Brown said. "And teach them the right way to play."

Point guard Josiah Turner leaving SMU

July, 11, 2012
Former Arizona point guard Josiah Turner won't play for new Southern Methodist coach Larry Brown after all.

Instead, Turner will withdraw from SMU and pursue a professional career, Yahoo! Sports reported Tuesday.

Turner is seeking a quicker path to the NBA and hopes to sign with a pro team either overseas or in the NBA Developmental League next season, according to the report.

"I had to step back and re-evaluate what my main goal and my dream was," Turner told Yahoo! Sports. "My dream is to be a professional athlete in the NBA, and I think this is what's going to bring me closer to it. In college, you get your degree and everything, but going pro is getting me closer to my dream and what I want to do in life."

Read the full story here.

SMU adds George Lynch to coaching staff

June, 4, 2012
New SMU basketball coach Larry Brown continues to add to his coaching staff, adding former NBA player George Lynch as the team's new assistant strength and conditioning coach on Monday.

Here's the release:
George Lynch has been named assistant strength and conditioning coach at SMU, Head Men's Basketball Coach Larry Brown announced today. Lynch, a 12-year NBA veteran and NCAA Champion, played for the Philadelphia 76ers under Brown and helped them to the 2001 NBA Finals.

Lynch spent the past two years (2010-12) at UC-Irvine as a strength and conditioning coach for basketball and an assistant athletics director for community relations. His previous collegiate work includes being a manager for SMU basketball during the 2006-07 season.

Prior to UC-Irvine, he was the founder and director of Flight Nine Basketball (2006-10), a non-profit youth basketball program in Dallas. He was also personal trainer (2005-09).

Lynch averaged 22.8 minutes, 6.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 774 games during his 12 NBA seasons (1993-2005). He was selected in the first round (12th overall) by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1993 NBA draft and played for four franchises; the Lakers, Vancouver Grizzlies, Philadelphia 76ers, and New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets.

At North Carolina, he was a team captain his senior year as he helped the Tar Heels win the 1993 NCAA Championship as he was named to the All-Final Four Tournament team. That year, he was selected All-Atlantic Coast Conference as UNC won the ACC regular season. As a sophomore in 1990-91, Lynch helped UNC win the ACC and reach the NCAA Final Four.

Big East should say no to 18-team tourney

May, 24, 2012
If two teams play at Madison Square Garden and no one is there to witness it, did the games actually occur?

That will be the quandary the Big East faces in 2014 if the league listens to the pleas of its basketball coaches and allows everyone into the conference tournament.

The Big East is convening this week in Florida and included in its crowded agenda, the conference is trying to hash out its future hoops tourneys. Next season it will actually shrink -- there will be 15 members of the Big East, but UConn, due to its APR punishment won’t be able to participate, so that’s a manageable 14-team membership.

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AP Photo/Michael Prengler/Cal Sports MediaWould an 18-team Big East tourney be beneficial for league coaches like SMU's Larry Brown?
But in 2014, the conference swells to 18 and the coaches already are pushing to
continue its all-inclusive tournament.

And so on Monday night, the Garden would swing open its doors to … SMU versus Central Florida and DePaul versus Houston for a play-in game.

Would they sell tickets for that or just give Larry Brown and Oliver Purnell sandwich boards and bells and let them hand out tickets to unsuspecting tourists strolling down 8th Avenue?

We’re all crying uncle here, so please stop.

Big East basketball already has watered down its product to an unrecognizable glob of mush. Let’s not roll the tournament into the sewer, too.

We have endured the Tuesday night warm-up games for a few years now and while fans haven’t left putting needles in their eyes, they haven’t exactly been disappointed when the buzzer mercifully sounds.

But now we’re talking about actual play-in games. Chances are, you’ll see teams with abominable records whose only hope at the postseason is a national pandemic that afflicts only the top 100 basketball rosters in the country.

To paraphrase my friend, longtime Associated Press writer Jack Scheuer, it would be guaranteed VVVB hoops (very, very, very bad).

Worse, there is even a worry that the Garden might not be able to extend its commitment to Monday. The current contract does not give the league access until Tuesday and would consequently have to be renegotiated. If it couldn’t be, the games would have to be played somewhere in the New York area.

What in heavens’ name is the point of that?

A play-in game to make your conference tournament, played at some random outpost that looks like New York but isn’t quite New York.

They can call it the Hoboken Opening Round.

Coaches long have argued that teams deserve the right for the "full tournament experience" and that keeping people out of the Big East tournament only gives itchy trigger-fingered administrators cause to fire a coach who can’t get his team to New York.

Because finishing 18th out of 18 apparently merits a pay raise.

Sorry, this isn’t pee-wee rec ball. Not everyone gets a trophy. Not everyone gets to play.

Besides, if you play a Big East tournament game and no one is there to see it, were you really there in the first place?

Big East, Smu