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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