Mason coach Jim Larranaga and Miami are reportedly in “serious discussions” about their head coaching vacancy. The talks are “advanced and ongoing” and are nothing to be concerned about. Larranaga isn’t leaving Mason for Miami. Here’s why!
- He had plenty of higher profile coaching options following the 2006 run (N.C. State, being one). It’s hard to imagine he would decide to leave now after staying then.
- Miami is a lower tier ACC program. It’s not exactly a dream job for a lifelong, 61-year-old coach like Larranaga. It’s a job a 30 or 40-something year-old coach takes as a stepping stone to a better gig.
- It’s about money. Larranaga makes about $700,000 per year. He just saw fellow CAA coach Shaka Smart get a raise to $1.2 million per year. He’s trying to leverage Miami for more cash from Mason.
- How could anyone leave Fairfax?!
Having said all that, if Miami offers him some ridiculous sum of money … well, anything is possible. But at this point in Larranaga’s career, and given how much he seems to enjoy coaching at Mason, it’s hard to imagine he’s leaving. Fingers crossed.