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Discussion in 'George Mason Basketball' started by CHRISTOPHER JAMES JOLLAY, Jan 16, 2014.
He can sure coach. Miss that
"Miami Hurricanes men's hoops coach Jim Larranaga blasts timing of potential transfer rule change
3:38 PM ET
MIAMI -- Miami coach Jim Larranaga responded angrily Saturday to the possibility the NCAA will ease its rules and grant all transfers immediate eligibility.
The change would benefit the Hurricanes because Elijah Olaniyi would be able to play for them this season. But Larranaga blasted the timing of a possible change, which could come next week.
'Why would you make a decision like this in the middle of December?' Larranaga said. 'If you are going to make changes, why aren't you making them before the season starts?'
'If they pass the rule that Elijah can play, it would be sure nice to have him. But from what I understand, that decision is not going to be announced until like 5 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon. Are you kidding me? That's a joke. We have to wait until the last minute. We play at 6.'
Larranaga described the indecision by the NCAA as "ridiculous'' amid a worsening coronavirus pandemic.
'We canceled the basketball season in March,' Larranaga said. 'We canceled the ACC tournament. We canceled the NCAA tournament. We don't know this is a serious matter and we've got people dying and that there are spikes all over the place and that kids are going to get sick?'
Miami (3-1) is scheduled to host Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Larranaga made his comments shortly after the Hurricanes' 66-62 loss to Florida Gulf Coast."
He sure didn’t coach very well today.
I doubt Miami is paying L the big bucks to lose to a third tier Florida program.
Sign of a poor leader is blaming others for the situation you put your program in.
Man makes Joe Biden appear lucid, as well, so it just appears as if he will never be able to duplicate the success he had at Mason.
TOC had a ton to do with our run as well. Without him and his clout we probably don't even get the at large in 2006.
Why is there so much hatred towards the man who made Mason relevant.
I don’t hate him. Never said I did. But he’s not a deity either.
"Skinn's suspension meant Mason's roster for its next game would not resemble Mason's roster that built a 23-7 record. The losses to Hofstra (which would fall in the CAA title game to UNC Wilmington) combined with this suspension led many to believe GMU spelled NIT. Mason was eliminated a week before Selection Sunday. It finished with an RPI of 26 -- very respectable and higher than any team in the CAA. (Hofstra was 30th.) GMU had a top-30 strength of schedule vs. Hofstra's No. 62. Hofstra's then-coach, Tom Pecora, openly campaigned for his team to be included above Mason.
A week of waiting that felt like a month of agony culminated with Larranaga inviting his team and about a dozen members of the media to his house in Oakton, Va., to watch the Selection Show. His wife, Liz, baked chocolate chip cookies.
'The longest couple hours of my life,' Skinn said. 'I didn't care about anything as long as they got a chance to play.'
Before the Selection Show started, Larranaga turned the TV off.
'It was very, very, very, very tense,' Johnson said. 'Tony was tense.'
Larranaga asked his players to envision themselves being selected. He told his guys this was the best team in George Mason's history and the best group he'd ever coached. He wanted them to flash back to that preseason meeting in the classroom when Lamar Butler put the Final Four on the table.
'Then I turned the TV back on, began to sweat, and wondered if I'd made a mistake,' Larranaga said.
Then things got really strange.
'All of the sudden, someone called us and five minutes before it started, they told us (Joe) Lunardi put us in,' Cherry said. 'We thought that was kind of weird, and we're thinking, maybe he knows something. We don't know how. It was a ray of hope.'
Other coaches and players also recalled discovering Lunardi's bracket projection changed to put Mason in just minutes before the CBS Selection Show began.
'I was telling Tony we were getting in and he was going to get to play in the NCAA Tournament,' Butler said.
The Washington, D.C. region was the third to be unveiled. The top-right quadrant flashed MICHIGAN STATE and then it revealed GEORGE MASON.
'I remember Tony jumping so high I thought he was going to jump through Coach L's roof,' James Johnson said.
The team, of course, went bonkers.
'I was there with my wife, and had my six-month-old boy, Brody,' Cherry said. 'When our name came up, I remember my son being woken up when we erupted. I remember looking at Tony, the look of relief on his face. He was going to take that with him, if we didn't get in.'
The team had a few minutes to bask in making history. It was the first at-large bid for GMU, which previously went dancing in '89, '99 and '01. The previous two trips came under Larranaga, but those teams were not the caliber of this group. It didn't take long for the Mason backlash to begin, though. Analyst Billy Packer led the charge.
'Packer and [Jim] Nantz ran through our non-conference schedule on the air, basically saying we shouldn't be in,' assistant Chris Caputo said.
What made matters more interesting -- and controversial -- was who served on the Selection Committee that year. George Mason's athletic director, Tom O'Connor, was part of the process, as was Virginia athletic director Craig Littlepage, a longtime friend of Larranaga's, dating back to their time as assistants at UVa in the mid-1980s. Littlepage was chair of the committee that season.
'It was a fairly unremarkable selection weekend in that regard,' Littlepage told CBS Sports. 'George Mason was not subject to any more or less scrutiny than any at-large teams.'
Littlepage said he wasn't certain whether or not Mason was the last team included, but according to his memory the Patriots were not the final at-large team above the cut.
'There were some that did not vote Mason to get in,' Littlepage added."
I fully admit Jim Nantz and Billy Packer are even more deplorable than L.
I'll never forget Nantz shilling for his alma mater Houston instead of GMU for an at-large--when Houston lost to VCU that year and Mason beat them three times. What an idiot.
Still, Nantz presently still has a thriving career, unlike Coach Larranaga.
He also has a short par 3 in his backyard and lives at Pebble Beach. And, he has a signature opening line, "Hello friends". But its not as good as Uncle Brent's "You are looking live!"
Actually, Mason played and defeated VCU twice during 2005-2006 season.
I count the pounding anonymous Mason fans gave anonymous VCU fans in Shoxhoes Bottoms that tourney.
The @VCU game that year was probably one of my favorite games I've even been to. We were down by 17 with 15 mins left in the 2nd half. We finished the game on a 41-12 run and won the game by 12. If we lost that game, good chance we don't get an at large bid and no final 4.
Wow, Pittsburgh murders Miami.
Just terrible. I doubt L lasts the season.
This year the U stands for U G L Y.
Too bad we could never get L to give us a game. They’re terrible.
they would beat us by 20... terrible in the ACC is all relative Jim.. we almost lost to a D2 school. They lost to a decent Pitt team and Dunk City... they also beat Purdue which is 5 mins away from beating top 25 Ohio St
I just feel bad for the Mason Miami fans who have watched their money-covetous false idol go 32-35 last three years.
I mean, at least DP is 37-31 in that period.
And look how angry DP makes you guys! Can you imagine how angry the 150 or so Miami basketball fans down there must be?
Look at your God now.
Plus if you ask me our Howard win is more impressive than beating Purdue...Purdue landed zero 5-star recruits last year while Howard had AT LEAST one by my count.
Crazy, just three years ago Jollay was being lectured on how L was bringing in all the right pieces.
Look at your 32-37 God now.