Apparently, 29 wins and a trip to the Sweet 16 is more than enough to earn a college basketball coach a long-term contract extension.
Those were the resume items for Miami’s Jim Larranaga last season, and as a result, the head coach and university have agreed on a contract that will keep him in Coral Gables through the 2022 season. Larranaga already had a long-term deal in place, but Friday’s extension added 3 additional years at what is believed to be a raise.
The 2012-2013 campaign was the best season in the history of the Hurricanes program. In addition to the 29 wins and Sweet 16 visit, Miami won both the ACC regular season and tournament championships in grabbing a #2-seed when March arrived. It is probably a bit unrealistic to assume that level of success moving forward (Miami was loaded with veteran talent that is unusual in today’s college basketball), but Larranaga has won everywhere he has been.
With a career record of 519-354, Larranaga has earned this type of reward. Miami is no longer a basketball punchline, and he can be thanked for that. Now? It’s time for him to keep the program at the newly-established level, and in the process, rewrite the record books for Miami.