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    Topex will have to make a choice between Lyceum and Phoenix once NCAA begins

    Sep 12, 2020

    TOPEX Robinson's appointment as the interim head coach for Phoenix Super LPG remains fine as of the moment.

    That is until the NCAA kicks in.

    NCAA chairman Fr. Vic Calvo, OP of host Letran said that with Season 96 still pencilled for the first quarter of 2021, Robinson can coach the Fuel Masters once the PBA resumes in October.

    "Pwede pa naman," he told Spin.ph.

    But once the collegiate competitions return, Robinson will have to make a choice: to remain as the full time head coach for Phoenix in the PBA or retain his position as the chief tactician for Lyceum.

    "Basta pagdating ng NCAA, bawal na siya mag-coach kasi nasa rules na yun eh. Nasa rules na yung mga coaches sa NCAA, bawal maging head coach sa professional," said Calvo.

    Aside from holding the head coaching role for the Pirates since 2014, the 45-year-old mentor has also served the role of director of basketball operations for the whole Lyceum system since 2018, when he inked a five-year contract extension.

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    Robinson was instrumental in turning the tides for the Pirates, from a perennial cellar-dweller to a legitimate contender as they made the Final Four for the past three seasons, the first two behind CJ Perez.

    In the PBA, Robinson has been the deputy coach for the Fuel Masters since 2017 when Louie Alas brought him along from Alaska.

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    He was installed as the interim head coach following the stunning firing of Alas from his post on Friday night.


      PBA rules also stipulate that head coaches for all 12 clubs should be exclusive as they are barred from holding the same position in any other leagues.

      But that did not stop others from doing so in the past.

      The last time the scenario happened was when La Salle coach Juno Sauler took an active role in mapping out the plays for Ginebra, which then had Ato Agustin as its head coach, back in 2014.

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