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Jim Larranaga hired as basketball coach at Miami

April 22, 2011 | 12:52 pm

Photo: Jim Larranaga. Credit: Gregory Shamus / Getty Images.
Jim Larranaga was named coach of the University of Miami men's basketball team.

Larranaga, 61, coached for 14 years at George Mason, leading the Patriots to five NCAA tournament berths and a record of 273-164.

The Hurricanes have scheduled a Friday evening news conference to introduce their new coach.

"Coach Larranaga is the real deal," Miami President Donna Shalala said in a statement. "He's a winner, an inspirational leader, and he cares deeply about his players and staff."

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Photo: Jim Larranaga. Credit: Gregory Shamus / Getty Images.

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