Larry Brown meets with SMU

Updated: April 17, 2012, 11:39 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown interviewed with SMU on Sunday for the Mustangs' coaching vacancy.

Brown told ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz on Monday that he had a good interview and was appreciative of the opportunity.

Marquette associate head coach Tony Benford and Indiana assistant Steve McClain interviewed with SMU athletic director Steve Orsini on Saturday for the vacant head coaching position, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told Katz.

Benford has strong Texas ties from playing at Texas Tech and recruiting the state at New Mexico, Arizona State and Nebraska. McClain is a former head coach at Wyoming and a one-time TCU assistant.

Orsini told ESPN.com at the Final Four in New Orleans that he didn't have a timetable to replace Matt Doherty. Orsini said he wasn't trying to win the news conference now but was most concerned with being competitive in the Big East when the Mustangs join the conference from CUSA in the fall of 2013.

Doherty was fired by SMU on March 13 after six seasons.

Brown's last job was as coach of the Charlotte Bobcats, which ended in 2010, his seventh NBA job since leaving Kansas after winning the 1988 NCAA championship.

Brown had told ESPN.com's Dana O'Neil last month he wanted to return to basketball.

"I'm not going to be politicking for a job right now," the 71-year-old Brown said. "I'd like to get back involved in the game in some capacity. Whether that's as a coach, assistant, running a team or just as a resource, I don't care."

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