Dang, Mason shocks a big conference power again. Larranaga stays, turning down what the Providence AD called "a very substantial package" and signing a three-year extension, now through 2015. That makes the Big East 0-2 against Mason in the coach-luring sweepstakes since 2006. It also means that, with a few more BCS-level offers, Larranaga will soon be contracted to stay in Mason through the beginning of the 23rd century.
Anyhow, let's get a sampling of Mason fan reaction from the Zone:
Whoo-wee.......Thank God......FANTASTIC NEWS!......YES! YES! YES!.......WOW!
And from Providence fans:
This is utterly embarassing.....This is truly embarrassing.......wow
So there you have the difference between happy mid major fans and sad BCS fans: "WOW!" to "wow"
Highlights from Mason's release after the jump.
Fairfax, Va.--Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics Tom O'Connor announced today that Men's Basketball Head Coach Jim Larranaga has signed a three-year extension at George Mason. Larranaga is now signed through the 2014-15 season.
"Jim (Larranaga) is a terrific ambassador for George Mason University," O'Connor said. "Obviously with the 2006 run to the Final Four, our basketball program and the University have garnered a lot of national attention. On top of that he is a tremendous basketball coach, he's our coach and I'm proud to say that he will continue to be our coach for the next seven years."
"I've made it clear over the years that my family and I have loved it here at George Mason," Larranaga said. "I feel very fortunate to work under the great leadership of President Merten and Tom O'Connor. I feel very connected to both the George Mason and the greater Fairfax County communities. We have enjoyed their great support and it continues to grow. I've said before that I hope to retire here at George Mason and this contract extension allows me to do just that."
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