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Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 04/21/2011

Miami given permission to talk to Jim Larranaga about coaching job

Updated at 1:55 p.m.

From The Post’s Steve Goff:

George Mason granted Miami permission to talk to Jim Larranaga about its men's basketball coaching vacancy, a Patriots spokeswoman said Thursday.

Athletic Director Tom O'Connor did not speak directly with officials from the ACC school but did allow Larranaga to talk to Miami, said Maureen Nasser, associate athletic director for communications.

Since the season ended, Larranaga and George Mason have been engaged in talks concerning a contract extension, university officials said. His current deal ends after the 2015-16 season.

Larranaga, 61, has guided the Patriots to five NCAA tournaments in 14 seasons, including the 2006 Final Four. This past season, George Mason received an at-large berth and defeated Villanova before losing to top-seeded Ohio State.

Larranaga did not immediately return a phone message.

Filed at 1:35 p.m.

George Mason Coach Jim Larranaga and the University of Miami reportedly have been having serious discussions about the Hurricanes’ coaching vacancy.

It is unclear whether Larranaga, who is 61 and has led Mason to an NCAA tournament berth five times in 14 seasons, is angling for a sweeter deal or seriously considering a move, CBS Sportsline’s Gary Parrish reports.. However, Parrish said the talks are characterized as “advanced and ongoing.”

Miami is searching for a replacement for Frank Haith, who recently was named coach at Missouri.

Larranaga is under contract at Mason through the 2015-16 season. He received a contract extension in the spring of 2008 that bumped his base salary to $525,000. That deal was negotiated after Larranaga interviewed at Providence, his alma mater.

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