Candidates on the Hilltop this weekend?

Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown and Marquette assistant coach Tony Benford are expected to be on campus this weekend, per several sources. Could SMU finally hire its next coach in the coming days?

Both Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown and Marquette assistant coach Tony Benford will be on the SMU campus this weekend, several sources confirmed.'s Andy Katz was the first to report the news and now there are multiple reports out.

Brown said weeks ago in the early stages of this coaching search that he wanted to get back in the game and showed interest in the SMU gig.

Brown would be a guy who could perhaps give this program a quick jump start and turn things around.

Though 71 years old, Brown's health is in check and he loves the game. One issue is that he hasn't been in the college game since 1989 and his last coaching stint was with the Charlotte Bobcats in 2010. But if he wants to be the head coach at SMU and the feeling is mutual, the Mustangs should jump on this opportunity.

Brown has been the only coach to win both NCAA and NBA titles, having led Kansas to the 1988 championship and the Detroit Pistons to one in '04.

Benford played college ball at Texas Tech and has been an assistant under Buzz Williams, who was SMU's top target awhile back, for four seasons now.

The thing about Benford is SMU has had its sights set on hiring a head coach, not an assistant.

SMU is willing to pay its new coach $2 million and athletic director Steve Orsini is receiving heavy pressure to hire someone worthy of that money.

The NCAA recruiting contact period began Friday and SMU needs a coach ASAP.

More to come.
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