Larry Brown said Thursday that nothing had changed in his ongoing negotiations with SMU about becoming the school's next men's basketball coach.
Brown, speaking by phone from his home in Philadelphia, told ESPN.com's Andy Katz that he wasn't discouraged by the process. He said his agent, Joe Glass, and SMU athletic director Steve Orsini are simply trying to do the right thing for each side.
Brown, who interviewed with SMU on Sunday, has told The Associated Press he wants to get back into coaching and has serious interest in the position. He said Wednesday he still hasn't been offered the job as the two sides continue to negotiate. On Thursday, the AP reported that the sides had reached agreement on a deal, but it was not clear if that meant that all hurdles had been cleared.
Sources earlier told ESPN.com the only holdup involves Brown's prospective assistants. Brown has offered Illinois State coach Tim Jankovich a "coach-in-waiting" position, sources said.
A source close to Brown, 71, told Katz that Jankovich is waiting to get a written contract that guarantees he would be the next head coach whenever Brown departs.
Former Illinois assistant Jerrance Howard also is expected to join Brown's staff, along with former Kentucky assistant Rod Strickland.
Brown is the only coach in history to win an NCAA title and an NBA championship. He has not coached since 2010, when he resigned from the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats.
SMU, which is moving in 2013 to the Big East from Conference USA, fired Doherty last month after six seasons.
The Mustangs haven't won an NCAA tournament game since 1988, the year Brown led Kansas to the national championship.
"I'm serious. I wouldn't have gone to visit to SMU if I wasn't
interested," the Hall of Fame coach told The AP on Wednesday. "(Former SMU coach) Matt Doherty is a good friend, and he told me a lot about it. The fact that they brought me in, I was thrilled. It was better than expected and I was thankful that they gave me a chance to visit with them. But really it's in their court."
Information from ESPN.com senior college basketball writer Andy Katz and The Associated Press was used in this report.