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Tony Bennett to team after Virginia’s title win: ‘Don’t let this change you’

Posted at 1:52 AM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-09 19:36:51-04

MINNEAPOLIS -- Moments after the University of Virginia won the 2019 NCAA men's basketball championship, Virginia Head Coach Tony Bennett had a message for his team.

"Don't let this change you. It doesn't have to," he told them. "Stay humble and stay thankful."

Following his team's win -- Bennett admitted he probably should never have been in this position.

"I wasn't even going to really get into coaching. I wasn't crazy about it," he said. "I just - I think there was a bigger plan going on here, and I didn't need it, but I was used in it. I hope that it's a message for some people out there that there can be hope and joy and resiliency. I'm thankful for happened."

Virginia returns home Tuesday with a public celebration planned for Saturday in Charlottesville.