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GMU's Larranaga still undecided about Miami

Posted on: April 21, 2011 7:03 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2011 9:12 pm
Jim Larranaga remains undecided about whether to remain at George Mason or accept an offer to be Miami's next coach, a source told on Thursday. According to the source, there are no plans for Larranaga to inform his players of an imminent move to Miami despite a report out of New York suggesting otherwise that's headlined "George Mason coach leaving for Miami." first reported Thursday that Larranaga and Miami were in advanced discussions. In response to the report, George Mason officials acknowledged they had granted Miami permission to speak with Larranaga -- a 61-year-old New York native who has coached the Patriots the past 14 seasons. The highlight of his tenure is an improbable trip to the 2006 Final Four. He's also won four CAA regular-season titles.

Miami is searching for a replacement for Frank Haith.

Haith left earlier this month to replace Mike Anderson at Missouri.
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Since: Apr 13, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 11:17 am

GMU's Larranaga still undecided about Miami

Mike Hopkins is 'uber talented'?  Are you kidding?  My apologies if so. 

Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: April 22, 2011 10:57 am

GMU's Larranaga still undecided about Miami

What the bleep is wrong with the U? I remember when they were a member of my beloved BIG EAST and come BE tourney time fans from the top schools, (such as my 'CUSE, Gtown etc.), would sit around talking between games and worry that someday the U would wake up and take advantage of all they have to offer. Put the money in, hire Martin and see what happens. No even with that they are not going to supplant DUKE and UNC every year, BUT there wil be years that they will. Establish Martin now and see what happens what coach K retires. I mean c'mon here in the Salt City the majority, the rest are morons, worrry about what will happen when Boehiem steps down and we have a ubertalented coach in waiting. There is no reason other cheapness for Miami to not consistantly be a top 4 ACC basketball school.

Since: Mar 21, 2011
Posted on: April 22, 2011 10:30 am

GMU's Larranaga still undecided about Miami

Larranaga is one of the coaches that I like, but sometimes, these coaches really do amaze me. They're hired to WIN, and to run clean programs in the process of doing so. When they actually win (i.e., make the Sweet 16 or Final Four), they expect a bonus....a raise? How about this.......ADs should start writing this into all NCAA Divison 1 coaching contracts, "if you fail to make the postseason, your salary shall equal that of the lowest paid member of the full-time teaching faculty until you make the postseason". For basketball coaches, that doesn't mean the NIT or any of these other tournaments; and for football coaches, that means real bowl games, not the "Lysol Bowl" or the "Glade Potpourri Bowl".

Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2011 9:44 am

GMU's Larranaga still undecided about Miami

But its a long road to Coral Gabels, driving right through Chapel Hill, Durham, Atl (GT). 

Since: Mar 21, 2011
Posted on: April 22, 2011 8:56 am

GMU's Larranaga still undecided about Miami

Today, the name of the game is "leverage for a raise", and that's exactly what Larranaga is doing. He's a good coach and an excellent teacher of the game; I've always been impressed with him. I can only imagine what he'd be able to accomplish on a team loaded with talent. That being said, this move would make zero sense for Miami. You don't rebuild a program with someone who is unlikely to be there beyond 5-7 years. For recruiting purposes, I'd be thrilled to death if i were on the coaching staff of any other ACC team, or any other school in Florida trying to persuade a talented kid to come play for my program.

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: April 22, 2011 8:34 am

GMU's Larranaga still undecided about Miami

I forgot to add that Larranaga was basically what Shaka Smart is today about 5 years ago, and he decided to stay then. Why would he leave now for a program like Miami?

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: April 22, 2011 8:32 am

GMU's Larranaga still undecided about Miami

As a GMU Alum, I'm saddened by the thought that Coach Larranaga would leave. He's getting up there in age, and I find it hard to believe that he would bolt from GMU off a great season to go to an ACC bottom feeder. There's no doubt in my mind he's up for it. He's not the get in your face, blood pressure boiling kinda coach, so health wouldn't be a concern to me even as he approaches 70.

I don't understand why Frank Martin would want the Miami job either, except for the home family ties. He has a great program going in a BCS school that is competitive with Texas, Missouri, and Kansas every year.

Some schools like Miami need to overpay for someone like Calipari that has recruiting ties and can bring the school back to relevance quickly. I don't think Coach Cal would ever come there, but I dunno if either coaching candidate can bring an immediate turnaround if hired.

Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: April 21, 2011 11:08 pm

GMU's Larranaga still undecided about Miami

and Bowling Green...

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2011 9:35 pm

GMU's Larranaga still undecided about Miami

Larranaga is actually very familliar with much of ACC country. Besides already coaching in Va now for the last 14 years, he was a long time assistant at UVA.

Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: April 21, 2011 9:20 pm

GMU's Larranaga still undecided about Miami

Here you have a guy who is nearing retirement age with a chance to coach in the ACC rather than the CAA. That being said the CAA might have had a better season last year than the ACC. Miami is not exactly the best job in the ACC but with an older guy Florida might be the place to be. The coach has paid his dues and Im sure would love the chance to go up against the same schools that would not give Mason a game to begin with. No matter his decision I wish him well good coach class guy.

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