Thursday, April 24, 2008

Larry Brown headed to Stanford?

Is Larry Brown headed to Stanford University as Jeff Goodman reports might be happening?
Larry Brown at Stanford?

Don’t rule it out.

Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby has reached out to the unemployed former NBA and college head coach – and one source close to Brown said they think he’d take the job if it were offered.

Brown won a national title with Kansas in 1988 and an NBA title with Detroit in 2004. He’s coached seemingly every NBA team in the league, but his last stop came with the New York Knicks and was a disaster.

Brown, 67, attended the Final Four and it’s no secret he wants to get back into coaching – although sources maintain he’d rather be in the NBA than in college.

While Stanford won’t be able to shell out the big bucks of even, say, an Oklahoma State, the one carrot Bowlsby is able to toss in front of prospective coaches is a four-bedroom home in the Bay Area that sources maintain is worth approximately $2 million. Three-bedroom town houses for the assistants are also in play to sweeten the deal – because it would be difficult to get big-time assistants to come due to the excessive cost of living.
The reason why I add on to the speculation that this is happening is this ESPN report.
Larry Brown wants one more stop on his nomadic coaching career.

Brown resigned as the Philadelphia 76ers' executive vice president on Thursday with the intent to pursue a coaching job at the NBA or college level.

Brown, enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, has been a winner at every stop, but hasn't coached since a bitter split with the New York Knicks and then-team president Isiah Thomas after just one season (2005-06).

"He has the taste of coaching back in his mouth," Brown's agent, Joe Glass, said. "It would be refreshing to have a situation going that he could enjoy, rather than the last one, to say the least."

Glass said Brown, who won an NBA title with Detroit (2004) and a college title with Kansas (1988), would not rule out returning to either level.

Brown rejoined the Sixers last season as consultant and was hired in January 2007 as a vice president, more than three years after he quit his coaching job to take the same position in Detroit.

Brown resigned as coach of the 76ers in 2003 after six often-turbulent seasons in which he helped rebuild a struggling franchise. He led the Sixers to the 2001 NBA Finals.
We can officially rule it out as he has spurned Stanford.

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