MiamiHerald / Jim Larrañaga addressed reporters in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday at the annual Atlantic Coast Conference Media Day. Other than one question about the FBI probe, the University of Miami coach stuck to basketball and was delighted to share that D.J. Vasiljevic scored 159 points in a three-minute shooting drill a day earlier.
Asked if he has met with UM athletic director Blake James, and how he has kept the team focused through the ongoing federal investigation, Larrañaga replied: “I appreciate and understand any questions in regard to the issue. But, quite frankly, I’d like you to just go back to my comments on Monday (referring to a news conference on the UM campus, in which he said he believes he is the “Coach 3” mentioned in the FBI complaint, and that he has “absolutely no knowledge” of any wrongdoing by himself or anyone on his staff).
“In terms of my conversations with our athletic director, we met with our team the day that this broke in the news for three minutes. That conversation is the last conversation we’ve had with our players. We’ve been very, very focused on practicing and getting ready for this season.”
He relaxed for the remainder of the 10-minute interview, smiling as he gushed over his five talented guards – Bruce Brown, Ja’Quan Newton, Vasiljevic, Chris Lykes and Lonnie Walker.