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Derrick Coleman In Talks To Become Assistant At SMU

Derrick Coleman has discussed joining Larry Brown’s coaching staff at Southern Methodist University.

“I’ve talked to him,’’ Coleman said. “I’m honored. It’s something I will entertain.’’

Coleman played three seasons under Brown as a member of the Sixers.

“Me and coach Brown have been friends since I played in Philadelphia,’’ Coleman said. “I have the utmost respect for him. It’s not just the game of basketball with coach Brown. It’s the game of life. Of all the coaches in my 16 years in the NBA, coach Brown and Chuck Daly were the best. It wasn’t about basketball. It was about you as a person and your family.’’

Via Syracuse Post Standard

Larry Brown Confirms SMU Contract Negotiations Still Ongoing

Larry Brown has not yet agreed to become the basketball coach at Southern Methodist University.

"I hope this is resolved and I can be the next coach at SMU; I'd love that," Brown said, declining to characterize where the negotiations stand. "I hope these talks are headed in the right direction and I can get to work."

Brown is already assembling his staff, according to reports.

Via Dallas Morning News

Pat Summitt Steps Aside As Tennessee's Coach

Pat Summitt is stepping aside as Tennessee's women's basketball coach and taking the title of "head coach emeritus," with longtime assistant Holly Warlick being promoted to replace the sport's winningest coach, according to an ESPN.com report on Wednesday.

The 59-year-old Summitt will report to the AD and help the program she guided to eight national titles. She said she supports Warlick as her replacement and wants to ensure the stability of the program.

The move comes less than a year after her diagnosis with early onset dementia-Alzheimer's type.

"I've loved being the head coach at Tennessee for 38 years, but I recognize that the time has come to move into the future and to step into a new role," said Summitt.

Via ESPN.com

Jordan Clarkson Requests Release From Tulsa

Jordan Clarkson requested his release on Tuesday opening up the option to transfer for his sophomore year.

Clarkson led the Golden Hurricane in scoring at 16.5 points per game this past season.

The 6-foot-4 guard was a first-team Conference-USA selection.

Via Tulsa World

Larry Brown Denies Deal Done With SMU

Larry Brown said that no deal has been finalized yet to make him Southern Methodist University’s new basketball coach.

"The bottom line is, nothing's been agreed," Brown said, "but I continue to talk to SMU."

Brown’s agent has yet to begin contract negotiations with SMU athletic director Steve Orsini.

"Nothing's been finalized,” Brown said. “I don't know who put that out. Ever since my trip to Dallas, I've had a thousand people calling me for a job, I know that."

Via Dallas Morning News

Report: Larry Brown Open To Adding Buzz Peterson As Coach-In-Waiting At SMU

Larry Brown is reportedly open to hiring Buzz Peterson, the current UNC Wilmington coach, as an assistant, if offered the job at Southern Methodist University.

Peterson would serve as a coach-in-waiting in the event that Brown retires or takes a job elsewhere.

Brown, 71, has not coached since parting ways with the Charlotte Bobcats in 2010.

Via Dallas Morning News

Larry Brown One Of Two Finalists For SMU Job, Admits He's 'Not Crazy' About Coaching Games

Southern Methodist University has narrowed its coaching search to Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown and Marquette associate coach Tony Benford.

Brown, 71, reaffirmed his interested in the SMU job.

"I just want to be part of this game," Brown said. "I love being a college coach. Really, the two years I coached as the freshman coach at North Carolina might’ve been the happiest two years of my life. But I love the game and I feel like I have something to give and I want to be part of it.

"I don’t know about games. I’m not crazy about coaching games, but I love practice. ... I always worry about whether my team is prepared for something that might happen, whether we did the job in practice. And that troubled me a little bit. But I love the preparation."

Via Dallas Morning News

Sullinger Signs With David Falk

Jared Sullinger has signed a player-agent deal with David Falk, formally negating his remaining two seasons of collegiate eligibility.

Falk’s client list includes former Ohio State player Evan Turner.

Sullinger is projected as a top-10 pick in this year's draft.

Via Columbus Dispatch

Sources: Colorado State Set To Hire Larry Eustachy

Larry Eustachy has agreed to become Colorado State’s head basketball coach, multiple sources confirmed.

Eustachy is 402-258 overall as a head coach, with stops in Idaho, Utah State, Iowa State, and Southern Miss.

Via Denver Post

Trey Zeigler Transfers To Pitt

Trey Zeigler has decided to transfer from Central Michigan to Pitt for the 2013-14 season.

Zeigler chose to play for his father at Central Michigan over Howland and UCLA out of Mount Pleasant (Mich.) High School.

Zeigler also considered UCLA and Duke for his transfer following the dismissal of his father Ernie Zeigler, who had been head coach of Central Michigan for the past six seasons.

Via Andy Katz/ESPN

Trent Johnson To Leave LSU For TCU

Trent Johnson is set to be named TCU's new basketball coach, sources confirmed Friday.

Groce Contacts Simeon Coach Smith

Simeon head coach Robert Smith spoke this week with new Illinois head coach John Groce.

Knicks Targeting Calipari

Several sources confirmed that the Knicks have already begun targeting John Calipari.

Beal Torn On Draft, May Delay Decision Until NBA Deadline

Bradley Beal is a lock for the lottery, but is still weighing his decision.

Drummond Taking Time With Draft Decision

Andre Drummond is still gathering information and may not decide until just before the deadline for the NBA draft.

Trey Burke Expected To Declare For Draft

Trey Burke was voted co-Big Ten Freshman of the Year this past season.

Fab Melo Signs With Agent, Forgoes Remaining Eligibility

Syracuse center Fab Melo is projected as a first round pick.

Sullinger Still Undecided On Draft

Jared Sullinger has yet to make up his mind on the draft.
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