One of the most intriguing relationships in college basketball is developing in one of the most unlikely spots.
The beginning of March is about hashing out the No. 1 seeds and the possible Cinderellas, and Southern Methodist University is neither. You are not considered a nationally relevant basketball team when March sees you at 214th in RPI and next to last in a mediocre conference.
But the situation for the SMU Mustangs is also this: Their head coach is Hall of Famer Larry Brown, the only coach in basketball history to win both a national collegiate title (Kansas Jayhawks, 1988) and an NBA title (Detroit Pistons, 2004). Their coach-in-waiting is the up-and-coming Tim Jankovich, who won 21 games at Illinois State a year ago and was being considered for SMU's head-coaching job when the possibility of Brown coaching there popped up.
The separate decisions for the two coaches to join together in Dallas perplexed people on many levels. Was Brown really so desperate that at age ...