Virginia Athletic Director Terry Holland, pondering whether to accept the head basketball coaching job at Minnesota, is interested in George Mason Coach Jim Larranaga becoming his top assistant, according to a report in yesterday's Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Larranaga was an assistant coach under Holland for three years at Davidson and for seven seasons at Virginia. But George Mason athletic department spokesman Jim Engelhardt said yesterday that in response to inquiries about the report, Larranaga said he is happy at George Mason.

Holland, 57, is weighing Minnesota's offer of a seven-year contract at $500,000 per year, but the possibility of NCAA sanctions could keep Holland from deciding to replace Clem Haskins, who accepted a buyout last month in the midst of a massive academic fraud scandal.

TERPS FOOTBALL: Maryland's football opener on Thursday, Sept. 2 against Temple in Philadelphia begins at 6 p.m. The Terps' home opener on Sept. 11 against West Carolina also kicks off at 6. Maryland hosts West Virginia at noon on Sept. 18 and visits Georgia Tech at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30.

LOCAL NOTES: Virginia's Chris Williams had 18 points and six rebounds to help the U.S. junior world championship team defeat China, 119-59, Thursday in its opener of the FIBA junior world championships in Portugal.