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    After NCAA appearance, Toroman quick to dismiss talk of switch to college game

    Nov 7, 2013
    Rajko Toroman and Jude Roque have worked together before with the Philippine team. Jerome Ascano

    SERBIAN coach Rajko Toroman was quick to dismiss talk about him moving to the local collegiate leagues after being spotted at the NCAA Final Four with a school official on Thursday.

    Toroman was with San Beda team manager Jude Roque at the stands at the Mall of Asia Arena, but the former Philippine Team coach said he was just trying to relax by watching college ball.

    "Jude (Roque) just invited me to watch the semifinals," he said. "So of now I'll just relax and watch games."

    Toroman and Roque worked together at Smart Gilas when the former was the head coach.

    Although a job as college coach may be tempting, Toroman said it may be tough adjusting to a basketball system vastly different from the structure of the professional leagues and the national team set-up.

    “I know it's exciting here in the collegiate, maybe but very difficult. It’s very difficult 23 years with national team and professional team.”

    The Serbian, who steered the Iranian national basketball team to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, said there are some issues with his contract as Barako Bull consultant that need to be resolved before he can consider other coaching jobs.

    [For full story, see Toroman left in shock after getting chop from Barako Bull]

    Toroman was released as active consultant by Barako Bull last week, less than a year after joining the PBA ballclub.

    "I don't have so much plans now I'm just waiting for the management of Barako Bull to have a meeting," he said. "You see there is a lot of issues, like contract issues, and I still don't know how we'll solve that."

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    Rajko Toroman and Jude Roque have worked together before with the Philippine team. Jerome Ascano
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