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Source: Larranaga leaving GMU for Miami

Posted on: April 22, 2011 10:43 am
Edited on: April 22, 2011 11:35 am
George Mason's Jim Larranaga has agreed in principle to become the next men's basketball coach at Miami, a source told on Friday.

An official announcement is expected soon. 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.
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Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: April 22, 2011 1:16 pm

Source: Larranaga leaving GMU for Miami

The coals were never even lit.  Martin never got a whiff of Coral Gables because of his bad rep he earned while at Miami HS. Frank burned a lot of bridges due to some abrasiveness and shady practices in getting certain players to go there.  The U is a private school, some high ups never forgot Frank's shenanigans, and now KSU is stuck with him.  Only a matter of time until he goes Bobknight on a player a grabs him/chokes him/verbally abuses him too much, and then he'll be gone...

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2011 12:20 pm

Source: Larranaga leaving GMU for Miami

Well, glad I don't have to see Larranaga two or three times a year anymore.  I hope he does well at Miami, he seems like an okay guy.

Since: Apr 13, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 11:21 am

Source: Larranaga leaving GMU for Miami

What a vexing decision if true.  Both for Miami & Coach Larranaga. 

Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2011 10:50 am

Source: Larranaga leaving GMU for Miami

Can the coals now cool down from Manhattan to Miami?

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