Jankovich named associate head coach

Tim Jankovich

Larry Brown named Illinois State head coach Tim Jankovich his right hand man, aka "associate head coach" on Thursday. No official word on if he'll be the "coach-in-waiting," but this is a very important hire for the Mustangs.

Tim Jankovich has been named associate head coach under Larry Brown, SMU announced Thursday.

Jankovich spent the past five seasons at Illinois State, where his teams went 105-64 and made four NIT appearances. He also won at least 20 games and finished in the top three in the Missouri Valley Conference in each of the NIT seasons.

Before arriving at Illinois State, Jankovich spent five years as an assistant for Bill Self (one at Illinois and four at Kansas).

When asked directly about Jankovich on Monday during his introductory press conference, Brown said there was no update on the hire and he was "out recruiting." Now we have to wonder if he was out on behalf of the Redbirds or the Mustangs.

"Tim was highly recommended by Kansas Coach Bill Self, and I am very excited to have him at SMU," Brown said in a statement. "The number and quality of coaches interested in coming to SMU has been tremendous; and to get someone with his experience and success as a head coach is invaluable."

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