60 year old Jim Larranaga ends his 14 year stint with George Mason to take the Miami job.
Is this stage one of his retirement journey to Del Boca Vista? Miami gets a guy who has taken George Mason to the NCAAs three times in the last six seasons, including the final four run in 2006. George Mason won the CAA regular season this year and beat Villanova in the first round of the NCAAs before getting blitzed by Ohio State in the second round.
He seems like a good hire for Miami, besides the looming age issue. His teams tend to have low OR% and DTO%, they tend to have high DR% and a good Def FG%. They also do not foul a lot. George Mason didn't shoot a ton of threes and played at a slow-ish tempo under Larranaga.
The biggest changes, one would assume, is the change in philosophy on offensive rebounding and volume of 3 pointers taken in moving from Frank Haith to Larranaga.
Honestly, I'm surprised he would leave George Mason at this stage in his career. I guess he is following the natural life cycle of a New Yorker and yearns to spend his waning years in Florida. In my opinion, Miami did well for how late in the game this was and how shocking it probably was that Haith was hired away.