Southern Methodist Mustangs head men’s basketball coach Larry Brown is a legend in his own right, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t subject to the same rules as everyone else. According to Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports, Brown is facing a charge of “lack of coach control” regarding the academic status of guard Keith Frazier.
SMU appeared before the NCAA Committee on Infractions last month for a hearing regarding allegations against both the men’s basketball and golf teams and if the allegations against the basketball team are true, Brown could find himself in quite a bit of trouble.
Sadly, this isn’t the first time Brown has been in hot water with the NCAA. Similar allegations came up during his time at UCLA and Kansas, and both programs received major sanctions following his departure.
In this case, it is alleged that Frazier received help with his coursework from a secretary and assistant coach Ulric Maligi, who has been on indefinite leave since January. Oddly enough, that is also when Frazier was declared academically ineligible. His status for next season is unclear, but he has not left the program.
If these allegations are true, it would be a sad story for both Brown and the program. Still coaching at age 74, with 75 coming up in September, Brown has gone 69-34 in three years with the Mustangs and has improved each season. Last year, SMU won the AAC title and made its first NCAA Tournament since 1993, losing to No. 11 UCLA in the Round of 64.
Campus Sports will update this story as more details become public.
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