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Ex-Warrior Larry Smith Named Alcorn State Coach

JACKSON, Mississippi (CBS) ― Former Golden State Warriors player Larry Smith was named the new men's head basketball coach at Alcorn State University on Thursday.

Athletic Director Darren Hamilton introduced the new coach by quoting singer Bill Ingram's song 'Somebody's Knocking At The Door.'

"Somebody's knocking at your door. Somebody's ringing the bell. Do me a favor, open the door and let's all let Mr. Larry Smith into our house," said Hamilton.

Smith, a former Alcorn State player (1976-1980) was SWAC Player of the Year ('79 and '80). As a senior he led all Division-1 players in rebounding and it was his tenacious rebounding that earned him the nickname "Mr. Mean."

Smith went on to a career in the NBA as a player from 1980-1993. In addition to Golden State, he had stints with Houston and San Antonio.

As a coach, he was most recently an assistant for the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA, Smith also spent ten seasons as an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets, helping them win consecutive NBA titles in 1994 and 1995.

Hamilton said he was confident that Smith's hiring marked the start of a bright future for Alcorn State's basketball program.

"He has been at every level that was necessary to demonstrate and distinguish himself as the best candidate. Coach Larry Smith will bring this tradition (to Alcorn State)," said Hamilton.

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