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Mulling it Over

George Mason Basketball: Mulling it Over

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Monday, March 31, 2008

Mulling it Over

Reports are still swirling around spectulating whether or not Coach Larranaga will be heading back to his alma mater to coach the Friars. Michael Litos of the CAA hoops blog shares a different opinion than what I have recently posted thinking the move to the Big East isn't such a crazy idea for the old ball coach. The lure of ending his successful career back at Providence in about 5 years or so might be too great to turn down. But does Coach L really want to take on the challenge of restoring the Friars to the level they were at when he graced the court in the early 70's? Definitely something that would take time to build up. Kind of like the time it has taken for him to build up the Patriots to become the CAA power that they are today. Providence may be a Big East school but you can't tell me going there at this point for a potential recruit has really all the much more appeal than coming to George Mason. The Patriots have been in the spotlight more and more each season and TV appearances on ESPN are expected now. But that's just me.

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4/1/08 Update: This is no April fools day joke but Providence has indeed officially offered the position to Coach L.

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Blogger Christopher said...

I agree, right now the George Mason job is more appealing than Providence.

However, it's his alma mater, which makes this much more different than the Seton Hall situation from a few years ago.

Did anyone catch Larranaga on the Junkies this morning? Did he address the rumors?

3:32 PM  
Blogger Trent said...

Yes, I caught the interview on 106.7 and he was clearly torn---unequivocally. The Junks asked him if he slept last night and he said "No"...I think that's pretty darn illustrative. He's gone unless Mason steps up to the plate with a handsome raise (approaching 7 figures), and in fact, he could be gone regardless. It's a great job for an up-and-coming coach, but tomorrow could be an unprecedented sad--or happy--day in Mason Nation.

9:58 PM  
Blogger Brann...it's good for you. said...

Is anybody else checking the web for updates at work and home every five to ten minutes?

This wait to know is a killer...please say no, Coach...please say no.

1:44 PM  
Blogger B-Mac98 said...

HE'S STAYING!!!!!!!!!

http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaab/news?slug=txprovidencelarranaga&prov=st&type=lgns

4:18 PM  
Blogger Brann...it's good for you. said...

AMEN. There is a GOD. (and he may just be Larranaga...)

GREAT NEWS. Now I can resume my life.

4:57 PM  
Blogger B-Mac98 said...

Seriously...

I've spent most of my day hitting the refresh button on seven different sports websites.

Incredible news. A testament to the principled person he is...

Now... let's name the Patriot Center after him and get him a statue next to ol' George in front of the Johnson Center.

Jim Larranaga--Patriot For LIFE!

5:01 PM  
Blogger Christopher said...

This is great news, so happy to hear he is staying. I wonder how much they bumped his salary to get him to stay.

7:08 PM  

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