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Details of Brown’s deal with SMU, a private school, were not disclosed. Brown declined to talk about his contract, other than to say, “I’ve always been overpaid and this is no exception.”

The hire came as SMU’s search was going into its sixth week. Among other candidates were Marquette’s Buzz Williams, Long Beach State’s Dan Monson and Rick Majerus from Saint Louis.

Brown said he didn’t mind if he wasn’t the first choice and suggested he would have a longer tenure than many people expect.

“I don’t want people to think I’m just doing this for a little while,” Brown said. “I don’t feel like, you know, one, two, three, four years. I want to be in this for the long haul.”

Brown has a reputation for impressive turnarounds and often messy departures from teams. HIs first coaching job was at Davidson in 1972, though he didn’t coach a game there before going to the ABA and then the NBA. He coached at UCLA (1979-81) and Kansas (1983-88) and was the coach of the 2004 U.S. Olympic team that had a disappointing bronze-medal finish.

He has held a record nine NBA jobs and was 1,098-904 (.548 winning percentage) with Denver, New Jersey, San Antonio, the Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana, Philadelphia, Detroit, the New York Knicks and Charlotte. He took all of those teams but the Knicks to the playoffs.

SMU last went to the NCAA tournament in 1993. Doherty was fired March 13 with one year left on his contract after going 80-109 in six seasons.

Brown’s hiring was welcomed by Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who was fired by the Pistons in 2003 and replaced by Brown. Brown won a championship in his first season and took the Pistons to the NBA finals again before leaving to join the Knicks.

“It’s a big-time hire,” Carlisle said. “He’s a guy that I know well, he’s a friend. To get a guy in that stature and status to the city of Dallas to coach at SMU, it’s a big deal. It’s a big deal. He’ll do a great job.”

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AP Basketball Writer Stephen Hawkins contributed to this report.