Tag:Jim Larranaga
Posted on: April 22, 2011 10:43 am
Edited on: April 22, 2011 11:35 am
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Source: Larranaga leaving GMU for Miami

George Mason's Jim Larranaga has agreed in principle to become the next men's basketball coach at Miami, a source told CBSSports.com on Friday.

An official announcement is expected soon.

CBSSports.com first reported early Thursday that Larranaga and Miami were in advanded discussions. George Mason officials subsequently acknowledged they had granted Miami permission to speak with Larranaga, and a deal is now in place. Larranaga coached the Patriots the past 14 seasons. The highlight of his tenure was an improbable trip to the 2006 Final Four. He also won four CAA regular-season titles.

Larranaga is replacing Frank Haith.

Haith left Miami earlier this month for Missouri.

On the surface this move makes little sense considering Larranaga had rejected overtures from power-conference schools before. Combine that with the fact that the core of his 27-win team was returning, and there's no obvious reason for Larranaga to leave one of the best CAA jobs for one of the worst ACC jobs ... except for money. Larranaga was scheduled to make between $525,000 and $700,000 at George Mason next year (depending on bonuses). His deal at Miami, a source said, will be worth more than $1 million annually. That combined with what a source described as a rocky relationship with athletic director Tom O'Connor helped pushed this over the edge, and, the source added, it got "nasty" at the end.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 21, 2011 7:03 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2011 9:12 pm
 

GMU's Larranaga still undecided about Miami

Jim Larranaga remains undecided about whether to remain at George Mason or accept an offer to be Miami's next coach, a source told CBSSports.com 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."

CBSSports.com 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.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 21, 2011 12:54 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2011 1:01 pm
 

Sources: Miami in discussions with Larranaga

George Mason's Jim Larranaga has had serious discussions with Miami officials about the ACC school's coaching vacancy, multiple sources told CBSSports.com on Thursday. Whether Larranaga is leveraging for a better deal from George Mason or on the verge of actually moving to Miami is unclear, both sources said. But the talks are advanced and ongoing, and the 61-year-old New York native has developed into Miami's top target.

Miami is searching for a replacement for Frank Haith.

Haith left earlier this month to replace Mike Anderson at Missouri.

Larranaga has spent 14 seasons at George Mason.

He famously led the Colonial school to the 2006 Final Four.
Category: NCAAB
 
 
 
 
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