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He came over to the women’s side after leading the men on an undefeated run through the 2008 Beijing Olympics. On the day before the opening ceremony, McCutcheon’s father-in-law was stabbed to death at a Chinese tourist attraction.

McCutcheon will coach the women’s volleyball team at Minnesota starting this fall.

“Yeah, listen, they played better today,” McCutcheon said. “I still believe that team is one of the best, if not the best in the world, and we weren’t that today. That’s what it comes down to. We train for four years, we come here for two weeks, and it comes down to two hours. I don’t think we played poorly tonight, I think Brazil played really well.”

The U.S. men, playing under coach Alan Knipe, were not as successful in London, losing in straight sets to Italy in the quarterfinals.

On the women’s side, the bronze medal went to Japan, which defeated South Korea earlier Saturday.