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Jim Larranaga in discussion with Miami officials about the school's coaching vacancy

George Mason Basketball: Jim Larranaga in discussion with Miami officials about the school's coaching vacancy

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Jim Larranaga in discussion with Miami officials about the school's coaching vacancy

Gary Parrish of just posted this interesting little tidbid about Coach Larranaga:
"George Mason's Jim Larranaga has had serious discussions with Miami officials about the ACC school's coaching vacancy, multiple sources told 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."
More to come as this story develops. Hopefully it's just some smoke and perhaps Larranaga is trying to get another raise from George Mason. Keep in mind that Larranaga is widely viewed as the ambassador of the CAA (and mid-majors for that matter) and VCU's Shaka Smart is set to make about $500K more per year in his base salary.

Update: Steven Goff of the Post writes that George Mason granted Miami permission to talk to Jim Larranaga.

Update: According to 106.7 The Fan this afternoon some of the assistant coaches are looking for new jobs. Losing a guy like Chris Caputo would be a huge loss.

Update: Len Robbins from the NY Post reported that Coach L called a meeting to address the team tonight. Hard to think this would be for anything other than his departure from Fairfax.

Now Jeff Goodman of Fox Sports has stated there was so such meeting at George Mason. Wow.



Anonymous corpboy said...


1:12 PM  
Anonymous Kdenton1 said...

Sucka, betta not be takin' his talents to South Beach...

1:13 PM  
Anonymous Kdenton1 said...

I say give coach a raise. Shaka got the big reaise now Coach L. is making the move. I would too, he deserves to be the highest paid CAA coach, within reason.

1:15 PM  
Anonymous EShine said...

Shakaa and Chris Money are less accomplished and got huge deals. It's likely leverage. That said, if he does leave they will have little trouble getting a replacement. One could almost make the argument that now is as good of a time as any given the strength of next years team, the recruits, and the CAA that its as good of a time as any. I still don't want to see him go. Here's hoping for a raise.

1:20 PM  
Anonymous c hirsch said...

If he leaves us to get his ass beat by Duke, Carolina, Florida State, I will be speechless.

1:38 PM  
Anonymous LawMom3 said...

Noooooo!!! Please don't go, Coach L. We need you here. Hey, GMU, cut this man a fatter paycheck.

1:56 PM  
Anonymous c hirsch said...

He's probably doing this because you took him off the masthead, Ryan.

4:08 PM  
Anonymous gmuhoops said...

haha I was waiting for someone to say this

4:10 PM  
Anonymous ByGeorge06 said...

Frankly I do believe Larranaga's paycheck is taking its toll on the school's budget. With that being said, I am willing to chip into his raise by donating $20 more a year. Actions speak louder than words!!!

4:16 PM  
Anonymous gmuhoops said...

I really hope your joking if you think Mason can't afford to pay him more. Smaller CAA schools spend more on athletics than Mason.

4:18 PM  
Anonymous ByGeorge06 said...

Let's all donate to the bank of Larranaga!!!

4:18 PM  
Anonymous ByGeorge06 said...

Correction - I meant bank of George Mason.

4:25 PM  
Anonymous Mark Schumaker said...

I think I've already given them enough money!

5:10 PM  
Anonymous Mark Schumaker said...

Correction - My Parents gave them enough money

5:10 PM  
Anonymous Needs Needles said...

This sucks. First Merten, now potentially Larranaga? If Larranaga leaves, I am going to projectile vomit all over my house this weekend. I wish I was kidding about that.

5:16 PM  
Anonymous overrated14 said...

I'm sure Larranaga is going to do what's best for everyone involved. Perhaps he wants leverage. Perhaps he wants to challenge himself in a new environment. Maybe he is becoming uncomfortable being so comfortable. Whatever he chooses to do, I wish him much success as well as his assitants.

6:39 PM  
Anonymous ChemistCorner1 said...

Without football - we should be able to pay the guy a higher salary
Miami seems like a tough place for a 61 year old coach to go and build a program - if he stays here he has a building named after him when he leaves or at least Sub VII or however many there are now

10:22 PM  
Anonymous nicholas said...

i hope he stays, he is such a great person

10:27 PM  
Anonymous Brentrg said...

Can anyone ever REMEMBER a time when Miami made it to the tourney? We are a much better program than them. They will just continue to get stomped on by the upper ACC teams. No one is going to care what larranaga did for a mid major. STAY at GMU!!!!!

8:29 AM  
Anonymous Jcr621 said...

It's not looking good :( The Miami Herald is already claiming Coach L is accepting the job today. I'm really hoping they have the facts wrong....

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Matt said...

If this goes down it will be really such a huge loss with all the pieces still in place for next year. I could have easily supported the Providence or even the NC State positions but all the Florida schools run such dirty sporting programs!-ugh. I think if he does go we should bring back Courtney from Cornell-he recruited the Final Four team. Man, this is harder to swallow because I don't think anyone saw this coming!

10:03 AM  
Anonymous BatMason said...

I disagree, if the Assistant coaches all bail as well we're screwed because the players will have to adapt to a completely new system

10:34 AM  
Anonymous BatMason said...

I watched a piece (I believe posted on this same blog) about the economic impacts of Coach L's final 4 run. It's something like half a billion dollars. Frankly, Mason should pay Coach L just about whatever the heck he wants. Because of that run Mason's gotten more competitive (75% acceptance to 50%) and just look at what's happened to the campus and the amount of academic programs since 2006. Crew and women's volleyball are fine sports, but they won't get us on national television every few years like men's D1 bball & If we get some buster in here who can't rally these players to tourneys we're going to feel it. Plus I decided to stay at Mason during 2011-2012 to get a 2nd degree, largely in part because I wan't to be around for another year of great hoops... :'(

10:47 AM  

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