Barring any last-minute change of heart, Dolreich ‘Bo’ Perasol is all set for a much-awaited homecoming at University of the Philippines-Diliman.
According to an unimpeachable source, Perasol, 44 , has been strongly considered by the Fighting Maroons team management to take over the Fighting Maroons’ coaching post from former pro Rensy Bajar, needing just the stamp of approval by Michael Tan, the school’s Chancellor, to make the hiring official.
“Wala naman nang kinakausap na iba ‘yung UP at pirma na lang ng Chancellor ang kailangan para maging official na ‘yung paghirang kay Bo na bagong UP coach,” the source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, bared to FOX Sports on Tuesday.
The source added the team management, headed by Azkals team manager Dan Palami, has already agreed to terms with Perasol but refuses to get ahead of the announcement until Tan approves the papers.
“Iniiwasan kasi talaga nila ‘yung pangunahan ang Chancellor na may hawak ng appointing power,” added the source. “Kung masusunod ang team management, si Bo talaga ang gusto nila. Kaya ‘yung pirma ng Chancellor, pang-formality na lang talaga ‘yun.”
If things fall according to plan, Perasol will earn a quick chance to redeem himself following a three-year struggle at the helm at Ateneo which ended with a painful Final Four loss to eventual Far Eastern U in the semifinals of the UAAP Season 78 men’s cage wars last year.
A former Fighting Maroon himself who played in the early 90s, Perasol will have his hands full on his second collegiate school in four years since UP intends to return into contention and eventually crush the tag as the league’s whipping team.
The last time the Fighting Maroons made it to the Final Four was in 1997 behind a solid team, led by former pro star Paolo Mendoza.
The source also added Joe Ward, who is serving as the team consultant, continues to preside the Fighting Maroons’ practices as they try to stay in top shape ahead of the 2016 FilOil-Flying V PreSeason Premier Cup.
UP will open its title bid in the prestigious summer cage league against University of Perpetual Help-System Dalta on May 4 at the FilOil-Flying V Centre in San Juan. – By Jerome Lagunzad
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