Today in sports: Larry Brown wants to give SMU basketball hope, because why not, dressing a defensive lineman for the NFL Draft can be tough, if you forget the "peacockerry," and the Packers would prefer it their shareholders came to Lambeau Field alone in July.
At 71, Larry Brown was willing to do something that terrifies his younger, less financially secure colleagues: accept an offer to coach SMU, a traditionally woeful basketball program that will begin play in the Big East next year. Brown, the only coach to win an NCAA and NBA title, is reportedly making somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.75 million annually and he also secured a whopping $800,000 salary for assistant Tim Jankovich, who gave up the top job at Illinois State to serve as Brown's "coach-in-waiting." Big city, big money, big conference, no expectations: SMU is a coach's dream, assuming the coach dreams big. Brown is a valuable coach, a great, but what's refreshing is that there's no question the game is also worth something to him. Why wouldn't he want to coach in the Big East? [ESPN]
Today in delightful pre-NFL Draft puffery, The New York Times tagged along with University of Memphis nose tackle Dontari Poe and "draft stylist" Rachel Johnson on a trip to pick out the fancy custom-made duds the 6-foot-3, 346-pound defensive tackle will wear on Friday night to Radio City Music Hall. Johnson, who has served in a similar capacity with LeBron James and Amar'e Stoudemire insists the days of bulky linemen like Poe showing up in tarp-like suits are over. She says over the past four or five years, "men with larger frames began to understand their bodies more." [The New York Times]