I have been reading the ESPN articles about the Larry Brown hire, and made the mistake of reading the inane comments by ESPN commenters. I have done this before, and have now come to the well-substantiated opinion that the only commenters who love to hate more are those on Youtube.
Below the articles, the comments are filled with insightful and accurate observations, such as “He’ll be tanking games because he’s unhappy about something or other by Valentine’s Day” or “Yes I’m very interested in the upcoming San Antonio Spurs job vacancy. I think I’d be a good fit there. – Larry Brown during his SMU introduction.” When I see these comments, all I can think is “Haters gonna hate.” Larry Brown is a great move for SMU.
First, he is a future hall of famer who has spent a long time in the NBA. He knows what it takes to play in The League, and recruits will love that. Second, who cares if he leaves in 3 or 4 years? He has brought so much positive attention to the SMU basketball program, it is obvious fans of other programs are just pissed they aren’t on the front page of ESPN. He will be able to jump start a program that has been wallowing in ineptitude for a long time. With this, the young coaches he will bring along with him will have the chance to take over the program under his tutelage and use his recruits to build a winning team. With more winning comes more money, with more money comes better facilities and more attention, with more attention comes better recruits.
The way I see it, there is no downside to Larry Brown. The worst that happens is that he leaves after a couple years, and the program is back to where it was before he got there. That is a risk worth taking.