Michigan’s Beilein: ‘Don’t worry about me’ after title miss

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The somber mood in Michigan’s locker room after the NCAA Tournament championship game had no outward effect on John Beilein. When the smiling 65-year-old coach stepped into the Alamodome hallway, he looked nothing like a man who had just missed a golden opportunity to reach his only remaining professional goal.

That’s because Beilein doesn’t see a national title as a goal at all, even after falling one game short for the second time in six seasons.

To Beilein, a championship is just one possible result from the never-ending process of coaching – and he loves the process, not the trophies.

”Oh man – don’t worry about me,” Beilein said. ”I would love to win a national championship for those guys, and for the University of Michigan, all those great students and all our alumni. But for me, this is why I coach: To be in that locker room right now with these kids and to have this opportunity to tell them, `This is life.’

”This is a great part of life,” he added. ”You have these highlights, and then all of a sudden, in the blink of an eye, your season is over, and there’s sadness. But in the long run, there’s a lot of joy in what we just went through.”

The joy will return once the Wolverines get over

Article source: https://www.foxsports.com/college-basketball/story/michigan-s-beilein-don-t-worry-about-me-after-title-miss-040318

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