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Moneyed UAAP edges NCAA anew

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Former San Beda Coach Jamike Jarin’s sudden transfer to NU shows the superiority of UAAP’s financial muscle over NCAA.

Basketball analyst Charles Tiu, older brother of Rain or Shine guard Chris, made the straight-forward assessment of the ongoing trend of NCAA champion coaches switching to the bigger league.

“Clearly, the UAAP has more money than the NCAA. Last two NCAA champion coaches have been recruited/pirated by UAAP schools,” posted Tiu, pertaining to former Letran Coach Aldin Ayo and Jarin.

Ayo was announced as the new La Salle coach December last year, merely a month and a half after spearheading Letran to the title. He was successful in leading La Salle to another crown this season.

Jarin, on the other hand, won the NCAA crown for San Beda in October but likewise took the same path with just two months from winning the championship.

San Beda standout Robert Bolick, who was pivotal in Beda’s 2016 title run under Coach Jarin, can’t help but be sad over his coach’s departure.

“Can’t believe coach Jamike is going to NU,” said Bolick on his Twitter account.

But for Jarin’s former wards and Blue Eagles Bacon Austria and Von Pessumal, it can only get better for Jarin.

“Coach Jamike is going to bring the best out of his players,” Pessumal said in an episode of CNN Sports Desk.

“Coach Jamike brings the new kind of intensity,” Austria added.

Jarin will have NU blue chip recruits Joshua Sinclair, Jjay Alejandro and Matt Aquino whom he previously coached in the national youth team.

Jarin also served as a two-year head coach for San Beda, leading them to the Finals (and losing to Ayo-coached Letran) during his first year before winning the title this year. (Alex Cerado)