Larry Brown resigns as SMU coach over contract

Katz: 'Odd timing' for Larry Brown's resignation (2:31)

SMU's Larry Brown is resigning as coach, but would not provide further details as to why he's stepping down after four seasons with the Mustangs. ESPN's Andy Katz shares his conversation with Brown and looks at his college and NBA legacy. (2:31)

SMU coach Larry Brown is resigning, 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.

Asked by ESPN's Andy Katz why he is resigning, Brown did not offer details, saying he first wanted to discuss his decision with his players and their parents.

SMU athletic director Rick Hart said the school had offered Brown a contract that ran through 2020, but sources told ESPN's Jeff Goodman that Brown wasn't satisfied with the terms of the deal and wanted a longer commitment.

Brown later acknowledged the contract impasse to The Dallas Morning News.

"The essence of it is, based on what [SMU officials] told me they would do for me [contractually], I just couldn't be truthful with these kids anymore," Brown said, declining to discuss contract details.

Brown, 75, had one season left on his contract. He said he has no health issues that would prevent him from coaching.

"Coach Brown was able to accomplish so much in his four years on the Hilltop, including leading us to our first conference title since 1993," Hart said in a statement. "He has left his mark on SMU basketball, and we are thankful for what he's done."

Brown told the Morning News he wanted to wait until Monday to announce his resignation, following the tragic shooting deaths Thursday night of five Dallas police officers, but he said he also didn't want his players to find out about his departure from someone other than him.

"My coach's responsibility was to be able to tell my kids face-to-face," he said. "I was scared to the death that I wouldn't be able to do that.

"I told the kids this morning that this was the worst possible time that I could ever think of having this issue. But more than anything, a coach has a responsibility to tell the kids first."

Tim Jankovich, who was hired as the coach-in-waiting under Brown in 2012, will take over as SMU coach. Jankovich has previously been the head coach at Illinois State and North Texas.

"As Director of Athletics, I'm also thankful to the search committee that brought us Coach Brown and for their plan that will allow us such a smooth transition to Tim Jankovich," Hart said. "I have the utmost confidence in Tim based on both his coaching résumé as well as my time working with him here on the Hilltop. I know he will keep our program among the nation's elite, and I look forward to the seasons ahead."

Brown returned to the college ranks four seasons ago after making numerous stops in the NBA. His Mustangs program underwent an NCAA investigation last year centered on academic improprieties involving former player Keith Frazier, resulting in a self-imposed postseason ban.

The Mustangs were 25-5 last season and 13-5 in the American Athletic Conference. They were the final unbeaten team in the country, winning their first 18 games before falling at Temple in late January.

Jankovich was the acting head coach during Brown's nine-game suspension to open last season.

Brown was 94-39 at SMU. His .707 winning percentage was the best for any Mustangs coach who spent multiple seasons at the school, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

"I don't want to stop sharing all the things that I was taught," Brown told the Morning News. "I say that all the time, and I'm going to live by that. I'm going to continue to do that; I don't know in what capacity. All the knowledge I've been taught, I want to give it back.

"I don't want to stop contributing to the game. I have no idea where that's going to leave me."

Brown has coached the Denver Nuggets, New Jersey Nets, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks and Charlotte Bobcats. He also coached the Nuggets and Carolina Cougars in the ABA and won the 2004 NBA title with the Pistons.

He also coached at Kansas and UCLA. He led the Jayhawks to the 1988 NCAA title, but the program was banned from postseason play the following season and placed on probation for three years because of recruiting violations. UCLA also incurred a postseason ban and two years of probation for using ineligible players while Brown was coach.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.