Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
George Mason coach Jim Larranaga will not coach at his alma mater after all.
Providence issued a statement on its website saying that Larranaga, who guided George Mason to the Final Four two years ago, had turned down its offer to replace the fired Tim Welsh and that it would continue searching for a coach.
“Over the last several days it became public knowledge that we were in discussions with George Mason Head Coach Jim Larranaga about becoming our men’s basketball coach,” Providence AD Bob Driscoll said. “We offered him a very substantial package but he was too comfortable in his current situation and opted to stay at George Mason. As a result, I will continue to have ongoing discussions with the other finalists in this search. I remain very optimistic that we will find a head coach who will embrace the rich tradition of Friar basketball and move the program forward.”
Larranaga, 58, had reportedly been negotiating with school officials Tuesday and Wednesday.
Bilal Dixon, the 6-foot-9 senior center from North Arlington (NJ) Queen of Peace High previously said he would remain committed to Providence regardless of the coaching situation. Dixon, a second-team All-State and first-team Herald News All-Area selection, averaged 18.4 points and 13.8 rebounds.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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