George Mason Coach Jim Larranaga expected to meet about Miami vacancy


Jim Larranaga has led George Mason to five NCAA tournament appearances in 14 seasons, including the 2006 Final Four. (JOEL RICHARDSON/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

George Mason Coach Jim Larranga is expected to meet with University of Miami officials about its men’s basketball coaching vacancy on Friday, two sources with knowledge of the situation said late Thursday.

Larranaga had not accepted the job as of late Thursday. Although the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the topic, did not believe Larranaga had decided to leave, they thought the coach was leaning that way. George Mason’s players were expecting their coach to leave, a third source said.

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. He also had conversations regarding improved contracts for his staff, the sources said.

“It’s not about the money,” one source said. “It’s about showing a little love.”

A school official said Larranaga was meeting with Athletic Director Tom O’Connor Thursday night but did not know the nature of the meeting.

Larranaga 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.

Larranaga did not immediately return a phone message.

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.

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

Staff writer Mike Wise contributed to this report.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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