When will this coaching search end?

It's been five weeks since Matt Doherty was fired and SMU still hasn't found a coach...or have they? Reports Monday suggest that post-weekend on the Hilltop, Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown is working on a deal with the Mustangs and trying to assemble a staff.

Who wants to take bets on when this coaching search is going to end?

Today, Tuesday, April 17, marks five weeks since Matt Doherty was fired and SMU still hasn't hired a new coach.

The players are frustrated. The boosters are frustrated. The fans are frustrated. People who didn't even know that SMU had a basketball program are frustrated.

Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown interviewed for the job on Sunday and upon his departure, told The Dallas Morning News that "it was a great visit, more than I ever imagined. And I'm just thankful that they would even consider me."

Brown is now back home in Philadelphia.

So why have a 71-year-old legend on campus and not strike a deal? He's the big name the boosters want, but sources say he's not the ideal candidate that athletic director Steve Orsini prefers, as he'd rather have a younger guy for the long haul to lead the team into the Big East in 2013.

But then again, there were reports Monday that SMU and Brown have reached an agreement and are now just working through final stages like contracts and assistant coach options, which will be key.

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday night that Kentucky head coach John Calipari and Creative Arts Agency agent William Wesley are helping Brown put a staff together now.

The article mentioned that Brown was looking into UK assistant Rod Strickland as a potential hire.

The supposed plan is that SMU hire an energetic, up-and-comer assistant to succeed Brown after a couple years or so. The names that have been associated with that position are Marquette assistant Tony Benford, Indiana assistant Steve McClain and now Strickland, according to multiple sources.

And if in fact Brown does not become the Mustangs' next coach, Oral Roberts head coach Scott Sutton and Illinois State's Tim Jankovich are still around and have been linked to this hunt quite a few times.

Brown is the only coach to win both NCAA (Kansas in 1988) and NBA (Detroit Pistons in 2004) titles. He boasts a 1,098-904 record in the NBA and a 177-61 one at the collegiate level. He's been interested in several other college jobs over the years, but things have never come to fruition.


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