Thursday, April 21, 2011

Does Jim Larranaga Like South Beach?

[HT: Sun]

It appears the vacant men's basketball coaching position at the University of Miami is worthy of a coach with Final Four credentials.

Several media outlets are reporting that George Mason's Jim Larranaga is being wined and dined by the Hurricanes.,0,4867843.story?track=rss

Miami has received permission to speak to Larranaga from George Mason athletic director Tom O'Connor according to GMU media relations.

Larranaga has coached GMU for 14 seasons leading the Patriots to five NCAA tournaments including a Final Four trip in 2006. Larranaga is considered one of the premier mid-major coaches in college basketball.

Larranaga has been wooed before. Three years ago his alma mater Providence tried to hire Larranaga but he decided to stay at George Mason after receiving a contract extension.

Larranaga is not a stranger to the ACC, he was an assistant coach at Virginia from 1979-86.

Those of us at the OSG HQ like this development. While in the ACC Miami is one of the toughest jobs in college basketball simply because no one cares (Unless Duke & North Carolina come to town, then fans show up.)

Larranaga is a good sound bite though and entertaining. Plus he can coach some basketball too. Might be a good hire in Miami.

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