PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -George Mason basketball coach Jim Larranaga has turned down an offer to coach at his alma mater, Providence College.
``We offered him a very substantial package but he was too comfortable in his current situation and opted to stay at George Mason,'' Providence athletic director Bob Driscoll said Wednesday. ``As a result, I will continue to have ongoing discussions with the other finalists in this search.
Providence is looking for a replacement for Tim Welsh, who was fired last month after three losing seasons in the last four years.
Larranaga led George Mason to the Final Four in 2006 and has coached there for 11 seasons. He graduated from Providence in 1971 and was the Friars' leading scorer in his sophomore and junior seasons. Before arriving at George Mason, he coached Bowling Green State in Ohio for 11 seasons.
Welsh was fired after 10 seasons at Providence. The Friars finished the most recent season 15-16 and lost in the first round of the Big East conference tournament.

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