Several SMU players have been informed by new coach Larry Brown that they will not remain on the team.
SMU athletic director Steve Orsini said Friday night that Brown, the Hall of Fame coach hired last week, conducted an evaluation of the roster and held individual meetings with players. While not saying how many or which players wouldn't stay on the team, Orsini referred to ''these young men'' in his statement released by the school.
''During each meeting, there was honest, straight-forward discussion about the future of the program,'' Orsini said. ''No player was told his scholarship would not be renewed.''
Brown later Friday announced the hiring of assistant coach Jerrance Howard, who spent the past five seasons as an assistant at Illinois.
Howard was a point guard for four seasons at Illinois (2000-04). Before returning to the Illini as an assistant coach, he worked for more than three years under Billy Gillispie at Texas A&M (administrative assistant) and Kentucky (bask...