This is what’s known in the corporate world as a public relations nightmare.
Those who have followed the Jim Larranaga situation and know his story understand that, at 58 years old, he’s in a comfortable situation at George Mason that he built from scratch. Why embark on a drastic career change when you’re only a few years away from retirement? His heart and home is in northern Virginia, and that’s all the reason he needs to stay.
But facts are facts: Providence just got rejected by a mid-major coach who also happens to be an alumnus of the school.
[Part 1 of a 3-part series]
We’ve said before on this site that we hate the characterization of Friar fans as starry-eyed dreamers who expect the program to regularly compete with the UConns and Louisvilles of the world. The vast majority of Friar fans have a firm grip on reality, and we like to think that we’re a part of that group.
Still, it doesn’t hurt to get a reality check every once in a while. So as we begin our examination of coaching candidates for PC, we’ll start with “The Untouchables,” those whose arrival as Providence coach can be filed under “P” for “pipe dream.” Without further ado, here’s a list of men who aren’t walking through that door…