April 02, 2008

George Mason coach Jim Larranaga has signed a three-year contract extension, turning down Providence, according to a source in the George Mason athletic department.

"I've made it clear over the years that my family and I have loved it here at George Mason," said Larranaga. "I feel very connected to both the George Mason and the greater Fairfax County communities. We have enjoyed their great support and it continues to grow. I've said before that I hope to retire here at George Mason and this contract extension allows me to do just that."

The 58-year-old Larranaga has a career record of 404-300, including a 207-131 mark at George Mason. In 2006, the Patriots became national darlings with a historic Cinderella run to the Final Four, before losing to eventual national champ Florida. This season, George Mason went 23-11, winning the Colonial Athletic Association tournament and making the NCAAs, where the Patriots fell to Notre Dame in the first round.

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