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Posted May 3, 2011

Larranaga's Son Turns Down Dad's Job Offer

Miami Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga's son, Jay, turned down an assistant coaching job at Miami to remain head coach of the NBA D-League Erie Bayhawks.

According to the Bayhawks, who gave Larranaga a one-year contract extension on Sunday, Larranaga was offered a six-figure salary to work for his dad.

"Having the opportunity to coach at the highest level of college basketball and alongside my father would have been a special opportunity, and this was a very difficult decision," Larranaga, who was in Miami watching the Heat play the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Sunday, said in a statement released by the Bayhawks on Sunday.

"But after careful consideration with my family, I decided that Erie provides me a great opportunity to continue to develop and grow with this franchise."

D-League head coaches typically make mid-to-high five-figure salaries per year, but have been known to receive six-figure salaries. The Bayhawks announced Larranaga had received a raise, but did not reveal his new salary.

Larranaga, 36, finished third in voting for NBDL Coach of the Year this past season.

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