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Larranaga Stays

One clap for every year of the extension.

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

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."

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 2, 2008; 4:01 PM ET
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Larranaga is the best thing that ever happened to Mason. Thanks for staying Jim!

Posted by: PowerBoater | April 2, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Message to the basketball community:

Jim Larranaga is not for sale.

Patriot for LIFE!

When do we name the Patriot Center after him? When do we erect the statue?

Coach L is my hero.

Cheese Boy, nice line about the 23rd century. As long as he has a pulse and a desire to coach, he should be whistling on the Mason sideline and giving goofy pre-game speeches.

To borrow a phrase from the NBA:

George Mason University...Where Amazing Happens.

Go Patriots!

Posted by: B-Mac | April 2, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Good for Mason! And why would Providence fans even think they're big time? BCS - please, they are only tangentially linked to a football conference. Providence is a middling basketball program in a bloated major conference. There are a few schools in the A10, CAA and MVC in better shape than Providence (and St. Johns, and Seton Hall). Ford (who hasn't done that great a job at UMass)? Martelli? Don't think so. Better start scouring the MAAC (or offer a boatload of cash).

Posted by: Kev | April 3, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Coach L IS the Man, for sure. We love you, Coach. See you next season!
Pattrick Monroe
GMU alum, '99

Posted by: Mason Pattrick | April 4, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to go see games at Jim Larranaga Center!!!

Posted by: JCLainez | April 14, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

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