|Larranaga turns down Providence, gets extension from Patriots|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 02 April 2008 13:14|
The deal is on top of an extension Larranaga signed shortly after GMU's Final Four appearance. He is now under contract to the school through the 2014-15 season.
The new extension came after a strong courtship from Providence, which is looking for a replacement for Tim Welsh. Welsh was fired last month after three losing seasons in the last four years.
``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.''
The 58-year-old Larranaga has led George Mason to the NCAA tournament four times (1999, 2001, 2006, 2008) and the NIT twice (2001-02) in his 11 seasons at the school. His 207-131 record makes him the school's all-time winningest coach. This year's team lost to Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAAs.
``I've said before that I hope to retire here at George Mason and this contract extension allows me to do just that,'' Larranaga said in a statement.
Larranaga graduated from Providence in 1971 and was the Friars' leading scorer in his sophomore and junior seasons.
Welsh was fired after 10 seasons at Providence. The Friars went 15-16 this season and lost in the first round of the Big East tournament.