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Larranaga jumps to Miami

Jim Larranaga has taken the Miami Hurricanes' basketball job after 14 years at George Mason that included an improbable run to the Final Four in 2006.

Larranaga called George Mason Athletic Director Tom O'Connor on Friday morning to say he accepted Miami's offer. The Hurricanes scheduled an evening news conference to introduced their new coach, who replaces Frank Haith.

Larranaga, 61, led the Patriots to five NCAA Tournament berths and went 273-164, setting a school record for victories. This season his team went 27-7 and reached the third round of the tournament before losing to overall No. 1 seed Ohio State.


Huskie is arrested

Jamal Coombs-McDaniel, a swingman on Connecticut's national championship basketball team, has been arrested on a marijuana possession charge.

Campus police say the sophomore from Dorchester, Mass., was arrested Thursday night along with two people at Merritt Hall, a campus dormitory.

Coombs-McDaniel was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Texas trio bolts

Texas players Tristan Thompson, Jordan Hamilton and Cory Joseph have all declared for the NBA draft.

Hamilton, a 6-foot-7 sophomore forward who led the Longhorns in scoring last season, plans to sign with an agent, which would immediately end his college eligibility. Thompson, a 6-8 forward, and Joseph, a 6-3 guard, were freshmen last season. They plan to submit their names but will hold off on signing with an agent, according to Texas officials.

From News and wire service reports.

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