After a lackluster campaign in the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball tournament, the University of Santo Tomas’ reunion with former long-time mentor Pido Jarencio seemed imminent.
In an article published by The Varsitarian, UST’s official student publication, Jarencio expressed his desire to return to UST amid rumors that he is being sought to replace Boy Sablan.
“Gusto kong bumalik. Kung vacant yung position gusto kong bumalik, gusto kong tulungan yung UST,” Jarencio was quoted in the article.
“It’s up to the management ng UST. Kung bakante ang posisyon at ang management interesado sa akin, why not?”
Jarencio left UST in 2013 to pursue a coaching career in the PBA, where he handled GlobalPort for two seasons.
The veteran coach known for his “Pride, Puso, Palaban” philosophy, steered UST to a UAAP title in 2006, but settled for two runner-up finishes in 2012 and 2013.
Should he be given another chance to handle the Growling Tigers, Jarencio will have an unenviable task of overhauling the squad in an effort to bring back UST’s former glory.
UST, this season’s UAAP host, finished with a disappointing 3-11 win-loss record under Sablan as the team struggled to find a leader following the departure of veterans Kevin Ferrer and Ed Daquioag.
Jarencio though has yet to receive an official invite from the UST management regarding the matter.
“Wala. Waiting lang ako.” – John Chester Fajardo
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