Mason's Final Four run no help to elite mid-majors

Originally Published: September 26, 2006
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Editor's note: ESPN.com is taking this week to look at scheduling decisions and their impact on the 2006-07 season.

George Mason's Final Four appearance increased coach Jim Larranaga's number of speaking engagements and related fees, but the Patriots' historic run to Indianapolis didn't do one thing for their fund for buying home nonconference games.

"We don't have money to play guarantee games," Larranaga said regarding the practice of paying an opponent to come to your home court.

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