Larry Brown resigning after 4 seasons as SMU’s coach

In this March 18, 2015 file photo, SMU coach Larry Brown watches his team during practice at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Louisville, Ky. The NCAA banned the SMU men’s basketball team from postseason play Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, and suspended Brown for nine games after concluding that he lied to investigators, ignored academic fraud and fell far short of expectations in leading his staff when it came to compliance. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)

DALLAS (AP) – Larry Brown says he is resigning as SMU’s basketball coach, ending a four-year run during which the Mustangs made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993 and then were banned from postseason play last season.

The 75-year-old coach told ESPN that he was resigning, but didn’t say why. CBS Sports was the first to report the decision, citing unidentified sources.

Brown didn’t immediately return a message left on his cellphone by The Associated Press. There was also no response from SMU officials.

Brown had one season left on his contract. He was suspended for the first nine games last season for NCAA violations that also prevented the Mustangs from going to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament.

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