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Jim Larranaga is going to be at Mason for life even after big programs were going after his final 4 team, some people just like stability in a small market program, but knowing Shaka's personality and his age it's not likely he'd stick around. Not a huge Capel fan but a huge Anthony Grant fan.
Shaka is 33 though. Larranaga really built up the GMU program, so by the time they had their big year, he was already an older coach. Shaka didn't have to build the program, he just installed his system that improved an already good team. I mean it's possible that he stays, but most young coaches who become hot commodities don't. He really doesn't have much incentive to stay.
i gotta get something off my chest. i'm ******* glad this whole Mike Anderson staying or leaving saga is over! this isn't a new thing. since his elite 8 appearance, he has been the target of multiple job offers. i understand it because he is a good coach and runs a clean program, but at some point you have to have some loyalty. each time Mike was offered a job, the MIZZOU AD did the right thing and gave Mike a raise and an extension. hell, they offered him $2M a year with 2 extra years to stay this time! that's crazy top 10 money for a coach that has had mostly mediocre teams and couldn't beat KU. i really wish that he would have stayed, but if you are going to flirt with every damn job that opens up then don't let the door hit you on the way out. Peace, See Ya and good luck winning a National Title in AR without being able to recruit a big man. '94, they had Corliss Williamson. big men don't wanna play 40 minutes of hell nowadays. [/rant]
Yeah I never knew about that but the point is they are and never were a basketball school.
Arkansas has made the Final Four six times (tied for 10th all time) along with the aforementioned National Championship, which wasn't all that long ago. So that's just false. FWIW, Mizzou has never made the Final Four. And Anderson obviously enjoyed his time at Arkansas, can't really fault him for going back.