Larry Brown proves the phrase "once a coach, always a coach". The 70-year old Brown told SI.com that he contacted UNLV athletic director Jim Livengood about the vacancy left by Lon Kruger's move to Oklahoma.
It would seem that Brown's chances of getting the job are remote. Livengood finished up interviews with the four finalists on Thursday and could make a decision as soon as Sunday. BYU associate head coach Dave Rice and current Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach (and former Runnin' Rebel) Reggie Theus are considered to be the leading candidates. For what it's worth, Theus also has the blessing of former UNLV head coach Jerry Tarkanian.
Although with a coach of Brown's caliber now expressing interest, you wonder if it may force UNLV to take a second look. Brown is the only coach to win championships at both the NBA and NCAA levels, but he hasn't coached in college since winning the 1988 national championship at Kansas. Of course, his last gig was working for Michael Jordan as the head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats. That didn't work out so well and Brown would like to wash that taste out of his mouth before he calls it a career.
Whether he has the energy or the patience to help get college program back to the top remains to be seen, but at least he won't have any players giving press conferences about the validity of practice.