Larry Brown has resigned as Kansas basketball coach to become head coach of the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA, the university announced today.
Brown, 47, guided the Jayhawks to the NCAA college basketball championship this past season.Media reports in San Antonio have said Brown was offered a $3.5 million, five-year contract.
"Kansas has been a very special place to me," Brown said in a statement released through the school's sports information office. "And it was a very difficult decision to leave.
"I can't believe that any college coach in the country has a better situation than I did at KU.
"And I'm grateful, too, to (Athletic Director) Bob Frederick and the chancellor for that.
"The offer at San Antonio was simply a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity which I couldn't turn down," Brown said in the statement.
In April, the week after beating Oklahoma in the NCAA title game, Brown accepted the head coaching job at UCLA but changed his mind that same day in a bizarre succession of events.
In Houston, meanwhile, Don Chaney today was named head coach of the Houston Rockets.
Chaney, a former University of Houston player and former head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, was the early favorite to replace Bill Fitch, fired June 3 after five seasons with the Rockets.
Chaney arrived in Houston Sunday afternoon and the Rockets quickly called a news conference today to announce his selection.
"It's a dream come true," Chaney said. "I always had it in the back of my mind to get back to Houston as the coach of the Rockets."
Rockets General Manager Ray Patterson said Chaney had the qualities to fit the Rockets' needs.
"Don's program will be one of energy and cooperation," Patterson said. "In considering our problems and who could best help solve them, Chaney stood out as the guy who fills the bill."