U Miami Coach Jim Larrañaga Clowns Charles Barkley Over Auburn Loss
Hurricanes' Jim Larrañaga Clowns Charles Barkley Over Auburn Loss ... Keep Your Shirt On!!
3/21/2022 9:22 AM PT
Miami Hurricanes head coach Jim Larrañaga not only saved the world from a shirtless Charles Barkley ... but then clowned Chuck during his post-game presser.
Yes, not all heroes wear capes.
It all started when Barkley, known for his larger-than-life personality as a commentator, joked he would take off his shirt if his alma mater, Auburn, beat the Hurricanes last night.
"If we win tonight I might take my shirt off. ... Ima be Kelvin Sampson tonight." 😂— NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessMBB) March 20, 2022 @MarchMadnessMBB
Chuck is going ALL OUT if @AuburnMBB gets the W vs. Miami #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/c38YDbZx3r
Jim got wind of Chuck's comments, and after knocking off Barkley's old school, had a hilarious reaction to it.
“I listened to Charles Barkley tell the CBS crew that if Auburn won, he’d take off his shirt. And, I thought to myself, no one wants to see that, Chuck," Larrañaga said.
Of course, Barkley has ties to Auburn -- he played for the Tigers for three years averaging 14.1 points per game -- so, it's safe to say he was a bit biased in his prediction.
But, Auburn was 7.5 point favorite over Miami, so Barkley, like most people, was stunned when the Hurricanes easily handled Auburn.
Miami dominated the Tigers, 79-61, to advance to the Sweet 16 ... and it seems coach Larrañaga and his team played with extra motivation thanks to Chuck.
After the game, Barkley was a good sport about Larrañaga's pot shot ... and even heaped praise on Jim for the way the Hurricanes beat up on his Tigers.
We also got video of the Hurricanes arriving back in Florida thanks to our intern, Ryan, and the scene on the ground in Miami was pretty incredible.
A group of passionate fans was there to greet coach as early as 2:15 AM ... and coach spent time high-fiving students as they chanted "It's great to be a Miami Hurricane."
Miami is set to play 11th seed Iowa State in the next round of the tourney.