Could Chris Caputo come back to George Mason?
Who should George Mason target as next head coach?
Paul Hewitt has been fired at George Mason
George Mason bounced from A-10 tournament by Fordham again

George Mason coaching search down to two candidates

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The search for next head coach may soon be over. Rumors are still flying but it looks like George Mason has narrowed the search down between Russell Turner and LeVell Moton. Turner is the current head coach at UC Irvine and just recently brought them to their first ever NCAA tournament game. You can read more about his background here. Although he was a bit a of an unknown when this process began I like what I am hearing about him. Moton, as we talked about previously, is head coach at NC Central and has amassed a 46-2 conference record over the last three seasons.

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Jon Rothstein says George Mason is targeting four candidates

Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports has a video out about the NCAA coaching carousel and says George Mason is keying in on four candidates. He only names two of them, Steve Prohm (Murray State) and LeVelle Moton (North Carolina Central) but at least we are finally starting to hear some names from real sources. Prohm is one of the top candidates right now in the country and although I don’t know much about Moton, but he guided NCCU from independent status to MEAC champions and an NCAA tournament birth in a short amount of time. Hoping we hear some leaks of who the other two candidates are early this week.

Could Chris Caputo come back to George Mason?

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Jay Larranaga and former George Mason assistant under Jim Larranaga, Chris Caputo, are both being rumored as candidates for the vacant head coaching position. While Jay Larranaga was the first rumor we heard, Caputo would be my early favorite. Caputo has been viewed as a head coach in waiting and is a strong recruiter in the DC metro area, something this next head coach has to be. His familiarity with the program, despite a new AD, would help dig Mason out of the bottom of the Atlantic 10 faster and move them in a different direction.

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Who should George Mason target as next head coach?

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Paul Hewitt is out and it is time for George Mason basketball to move in a new direction.  We’ve already heard the Jim Larranaga’s son, Jay is already going to be one of the candidates Brad Edwards focuses on. The current Boston Celtics assistant would be a great fit for many reasons and not just because of his last name. Media and rival fans would have fun with that one but initially the fan base would love it. However, a brief stint as an assistant at Cornell is his only college coaching experience. Does he want to coach at the level again?

He is my list of other potential candidates who I think they should be targeting as next head coach in Fairfax.

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Paul Hewitt has been fired at George Mason

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It is finally over. Steven Goff of the Washington Post was first to report the news today. George Mason has fired Paul Hewitt after four seasons and a 66-67 overall record in Fairfax. His conference record over the last two seasons in the Atlantic 10 was 8-26 and made for a disastrous transition into a new conference for the program. His failure at Mason went well beyond just the wins and losses, his teams often looked sloppy, unprepared, and in complete disarray in games. Turnovers and poor defense were issues every single season and no improvement was ever really shown. In four years none of his teams ever came close to competing for an NCAA tournament bid.

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George Mason bounced from A-10 tournament by Fordham again

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For the second straight year George Mason was bounced from the Atlantic 10 tournament in the opening round by Fordham. This is now the fourth straight loss to Fordham which is crazy considering that program hasn’t been awful for quite some time. Shevon Thompson was invisible and finished with 4 points and 5 rebounds, so Will Thomas’ rebounding record still stands. Both teams shot 48% from the field but Mason’s lackluster efforts on defense and constant fouling made it difficult to ever build a lead. Mason also allowed a career night by Fordham’s Chris Sengfelder who finished with 27 points. Fitting end for Paul Hewitt whose teams here have allowed plenty of career-highs from opponents since 2012. But was this Hewitt’s last game at George Mason?

From the post game press conference:

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George Mason opens Atlantic 10 tournament tonight versus Fordham

George Mason opens the Atlantic 10 tournament for the second straight year on a Wednesday night against Fordham. The Patriots have lost to Fordham three straight times which is an incredibly depressing streak in itself. Paul Hewitt’s days are certainly numbered and most fans are hoping that Brad Edwards fires him early Thursday. The winner of this game gets VCU in the next round so Mason’s hope of lasting to Friday in this tournament seems very unlikely. Mason hasn’t won more than two games in a row against Division I opponents since the start of the 2013-14 season where they won their first four games.

George Mason drops regular season finale at VCU

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Crazy to think this year’s George Mason team is finishing the regular season with more losses than last year. Another frustrated game to watch last night against VCU, a team this program is all too familiar with but continues to look unprepared against. The team played hard til the finish but like other games against VCU in the Paul Hewitt era they could not overcome the constant turnovers. We’ve been seeing this same show for four years now and no progress has been made.

Just waiting for all this to change and the program to have a new direction. I’m so tired of seeing stuff like this instead:

Mason will play Fordham in the first round of the Atlantic 10 tournament Wednesday.