SAN Beda University has no plans of joining the UAAP, for now, and moving out of the NCAA after gaining university status recently.
News of San Beda gaining university status immediately sparked several discussions among sports fans, one of which is the possibility that the Red Lions will join the UAAP, whose member schools are all universities.
But Jose Mari Lacson, San Beda’s representative to the NCAA Management Committee, immediately shot down the possibility that it is moving to the UAAP in the very near future.
“Right now, there is no plan whatsoever because a lot of people talk about the UAAP. As of now, we have no intentions at all,” said Lacson.
The UAAP has stayed with eight schools for years and have not added a new member since La Salle joined the league in 1986, years after the Green Archers bolted out of the NCAA following a controversial final in 1980 in which they played against Letran behind closed doors.
Prior to San Beda becoming a university, the NCAA also had schools that gained university status that stayed in the league, most recently Mapua.
Talk of San Beda joining the UAAP, however, grew louder mainly because of the success of its basketball team. The Red Lions have won the NCAA crown in 10 of the last 12 seasons.
Lacson, however, said the school isn’t totally discounting the possibility of joining the UAAP since there is no invitation from the collegiate league.
For the school, it will cross the bridge when it get there, Lacson said.
“I’m not saying that we will not. Who knows? If we get invited, we might consider,” Lacson said. “Now that we are university, if we get invited, we consider.
“But as of now, San Beda has no plans at all. Why? Because right now we are in the NCAA and we will continue playing there until the time comes that we get invited and we decide to transfer, we just might,” said Lacson.
Lacson said the joining another league is easier said than done, more so since the current objective of San Beda after gaining university status is only to improve its sports program.
”There is only room for improvement regardless of whether it’s NCAA or UAAP or what because you don’t join a league na ganun ganun lang. If we join, we join to win. That’s why years ago, during the overall, we had weak teams... Now, we have improved these weak teams,” said Lacson.
Lacson said San Beda has been making a conscious effort to improve its sports program, citing chess that has grown leaps and bounds through the years.
“Dahil university kami, I don’t think maraming magbabago. The only thing that will probably change is the weaker sports that we have have to get stronger,” said Lacson.
“We are champions in chess now kasi nag-improve. It’s a matter of just improving the people who handle the sport,” said Lacson.