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Jarin: From Lions to Bulldogs?

San Beda officially parted ways with Jamike Jarin yesterday, paving the way for the NCAA champion’s mentor’s ascension as the new coach of National University in the UAAP next season.

Red Lions team manager Jude Roque confirmed the move in a statement, days after rumors spread that Jarin had agreed to fill the Bulldogs position that became vacant following Eric Altamirano’s resignation weeks earlier.

“On behalf of Fr. Aloysius Maranan, OSB, the Rector-President, and San Beda College, I wish Coach Jamike Jarin the best in his career as he takes on the new challenge as head coach of the National University Bulldogs in the UAAP,” Roque said.

San Beda’s NCAA Management Committee representative Mari Lacson had confirmed late Tuesday that Jarin had already said his goodbye to the players whom he guided the NCAA title last October after sweeping Arellano University in the finals.

NU officials have been tight-lipped on the supposed appointment, although the school is expected to formally make an announcement since it is apparent that the former Ateneo and national juniors coach will become the second straight NCAA champion mentor to take his act to the UAAP after Aldin Ayo moved from Letran to La Salle.

Jarin was NU’s top choice since Altamirano’s resignation, although the names of Frankie Lim, Louie Alas and Jeff Napa floated as candidates.