AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY
Atlanta - APRIL 4, 2013
1. UPSOUND Jim Larranaga/ Miami Hurricanes Head Coach: So, I thank the Associated Press and its membership, on behalf of the university of Miami, its coaches and players, Thank you very much.
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Jim Larranaga/ Miami Hurricanes Head Coach:
Winning is a by-product of doing something well. It's just like getting a good grade. If you take a test, and you've studied you're rear end off you're confident you'll get a good grade. But if you don't study and you go in, I just hope you get by. We don't want that attitude. We want guys who are achievers, some say over-achievers. But in our minds once you set your goal, you know exactly what you're trying to achieve. So having fun is a part of that, so when we left, Coral Gables to head to the NCAA tournament, I told my players I was going to have more fun than any head coach in the NCAA tournament and I want you guys to have more fun than any other team. That doesn't mean be silly and goof off, that means enjoy each other's company. When we practice, be excited about being there, have a lot of enthusiasm. Pump each other up, pat each other on the back. When someone makes a point, tell him what a good shot it was. Just be very, very positive and upbeat.
Miami's Jim Larranaga has captured The Associated Press college basketball coach of the year award, after leading the Hurricanes to new heights in just his second season. He guided the Hurricanes to their first Atlantic Coast Conference regular season and tournament titles and a No. 2 ranking.
Larranaga received 29 votes Thursday from the same 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25. Jim Crews of Saint Louis got 19 votes and Mark Few of Gonzaga had 11. The voting ended on Selection Sunday.
The 63-year-old Larranaga posted a 29-7 record with the Hurricanes who were a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament where they reached the Sweet Sixteen.