NATIONAL University brought in a new coach for UAAP Season 80 with hopes of bringing back the dreaded bite of the Bulldogs.
New NU coach Jamike Jarin wants his wards to show their dangerous side and live up to their Bulldogs moniker as they try to improve their fifth place finish last season.
“If you look at the bulldog, they’re very loyal, very determined, very disciplined and kailangan may rabies kami, kailangan naka-kagat kami,” said Jarin, who took over January this year.
With only nine months with the team, Jarin pointed out the Bulldogs’ edge over the other teams as well as their weakness coming into the season.
“‘Yung advantage namin is we’re young but the inexperience is the disadvantage,” he said. “The only thing we lack right now is experience, that’s something we cannot fast track right now eh.”
But coming from a 5-9 win-loss record, Jarin said that the pressure is not on them.
“We’re just gonna come in and enjoy because the pressure is on them and not with us,” he said.
Expected to take the lead for the team are veterans J-jay Alejandro at Matt Salem with rookies Jordan Bartlett, Enzo Joson and Joshua Flores backed by 6-foot-8 center Issa Gaye.
From an insider’s point of view, Jarin knows that the young team will be up for a challenge but he needs everyone to step up.
“The thing is we’re not talented enough to win so we need to have all the 16 players for us to have a chance,” he said.
The Bulldogs showed their might in the season opener against University of the East but they remain hungry for more success in Season 80.