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Roundup of the Larranaga to Miami news

George Mason Basketball: Roundup of the Larranaga to Miami news

Friday, April 22, 2011

Roundup of the Larranaga to Miami news

Confused about what is going on with all this Jim Larranaga to University of Miami news?  Your not alone.  The news broke yesterday afternoon and the latest is that he is expected to meet with Miami officials today.  As of late Thursday he has not accepted the job. Here is what we know at this point:

- Gary Parrish broke the news yesterday that Coach L was in serious discussion with Miami about their coaching vacancy

- Steven Goff of the Washington Post confirmed that Miami asked for and was given permission to talk to Larranaga

- Local DC radio station 106.7 The Fan reported that George Mason assistant coaches were looking for other jobs.  They also insinuated that one of Larranaga's reasons for leaving could be the University not paying to keep his assistants.  Some rumors also flowed around yesterday that Chris Caputo was out securing a new gig.

- Many are saying the move could have something to do with GMU president Alan Merten retiring.  It was no secret Merten's dedication to the basketball program was one of the reasons Coach L stayed after the offers were pouring in back in 2006. Might Larranaga think a new president won't be as committed to helping the program's growth continue?

- Later on yesterday Len Robbins of the NY Post stated that Larranaga was holding a team meeting and that is basically a done deal that he was moving on to Miami. A few hours later this report was shot down by Fox Sports' Jeff Goodman who tweeted no such team meeting happened.

- This brings us to today were the Miami Herald is saying Larranaga is one his way to Miami today to meet with University officials. They go on to say a deal could be reached today and that the two sides were close to a deal last night.  

-This morning Michelle Kaufman who wrote that article from the Miami Herald was 106.7 The Fan this morning.  Sounds like all speculation to me.  If Larranaga is doing a dance to get more from George Mason I could definitely see him going to Miami and meeting with them. Nothing is signed yet.  Will post podcast of that when it is up.



Anonymous Sigmanorm said...

My understanding is that there was no team meeting last night...right?

10:08 AM  
Anonymous c hirsch said...

Michelle Kaufman knew nothing about GMU and all her "this is a done deal" talk was based on sources in Miami's program. She made it seem like if Larrnaga is offered the job he wouldn't possibly turn it down. I don't take her reports very seriously.

10:08 AM  
Anonymous gmuhoops said...

From what I heard, no their wasn't. Maybe it was a coaches only meeting though.

10:10 AM  
Anonymous ByGeorge06 said...

My take on this story - Larranaga will not leave George Mason for a subpar program like MIami and that is the bottom line. You should know Larranaga has fought hard for a better compensation package for his staff. It's very likely that he is trying to just get an offer from Miami and bring it back to negotiation table with George Mason. I would think he is unhappy about the pay increase his staff is getting and is making an effort to fight for it which is why you also hear stories like some of the assistant coaches are looking for new jobs.

10:40 AM  

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