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Is Jim Larranaga Taking His Talents From Mason to South Beach?

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.


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  1. d$

    April 21, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Larranaga’s one of my favorite DMV sports figures of the past several years. He had an awesome, carefree attitude during their run. The giddy post-Connecticut interview is one of my favorites ever. “I told them: There’s no place on earth I’d rather be than here with you guys in the Verizon Center playing Connecticut. Now we have to beat them in a five-minute game.”‘

    Hope he decides to stay, but if he moves to the U, I’d wish him the best.

  2. Kev29

    April 21, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Larranaga would be a great ‘get’ for Miami. He’s a fantastic recruiter and program manager.

  3. kip

    April 21, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Nobody can leave Fairfax getting home from work

  4. Puttz

    April 21, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    He’s not leaving Mason for Miami. He has had several chances to take ‘better’ jobs but didn’t. At this point, he’s not going anywhere especially since Miami isn’t necessarily a better job than Mason.

  5. Kev29

    April 22, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    “especially since Miami isn’t necessarily a better job than Mason”

    Seriously? It’s pretty amazing that can actually be argued right now. Miami has every advantage over Mason (other than Mason being in more of a basketball hotbed). The ACC might be struggling to find it’s true basketball identity at the moment, but it’s still the ACC. TV deals, money, national prestige, weather. And Miami plays in a recently built on campus arena. There’s no reason why they can’t be a successful basketball school – they just haven’t put enough concerted effort into it.

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