Eye of the Hurricane

April 23, 2011

Meet Jim Larranaga..

Filed under: Uncategorized — ProfK @ 4:07 pm

He may be 61, but he’s got energy, and loads of experience, and made the Final 4 justa  few years ago..beat Michigan State, North Carolina and UConn during that magical run. Remains to be seen if UM will win under him, but already there’s a buzz..Larranaga was TRENDING on Twitter at 5 p.m. today. A UM hoops coach trending, right along with Brandon Marshall and Lindsay Lohan…here’s my story from today  http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/04/22/v-fullstory/2180719/um-hires-jim-larranaga-as-new.html


  1. Your coverage, in The Miami Herald, of the hiring of Jim Larranaga as the new UM basketball coach has been excellent. I think it was a great hire for The U. Not counting UM, K-State is my favorite team, that I have followed since Frank Martin became the head coach, by reading The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Kansas City Star from the time of Michael Beasley, Denis Clemente, Luis Colon, Jacob Pullen and the short time that Freddy Asprilla played for the Wildcats. I would have liked to see Frank Martin coach UM, but I think that he is better off at K-State, playing to a full-house almost every game at the Bramlage Coliseum. I don’t think he was a good fit for the type of fans, or lack of college basketball fans, we have in South Florida. I am glad he stayed at K-State and that we were able to get a coach of the caliber of Jim Larranaga. I am looking forward to UM basketball next year, and with Riquna Williams, Shenise Johnson, Stroman, Yderstrom and the entire team

    Comment by VILJ — April 23, 2011 @ 6:54 pm | Reply

  2. CONTINUED: … the entire women’s team coming back plus the new players and the new contract for Coach Myers, we are going to have fun next year at the Bank United Center. GO CANES!

    Comment by VILJ — April 23, 2011 @ 6:58 pm | Reply

  3. What follows is an excerpt from a column by John Feinstein, Friday April 22, 2011 – The Washington Post:
    Even so, Miami has not exactly been a hoops hotbed in the almost 50 years since Rick Barry played there. In fact, the school shut down the basketball program completely from 1971 to 1985, and since the sport was reinstated, the Hurricanes have been to five NCAA tournaments in 26 years and have never advanced beyond the Sweet 16 — which they reached once, in 2000.

    Larranaga, with his Final Four pedigree and his reputation as a clean program builder, clearly is what Shalala was looking for, regardless of age (he’s 61). Whether Larranaga can thrive in the recruiting cesspool that is often the ACC — and can persuade players who arrive on campus with NBA aspirations to buy into his all-for-one, one-for-all philosophy — is unclear.

    Comment by VILJ — April 23, 2011 @ 10:28 pm | Reply

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