ALDIN Ayo is still head coach of the UST Growling Tigers.
There are rumors Ayo has been ousted as chief of the UST basketball program but insiders clarified that he is now focusing on the seniors team and has left the reins for the juniors program to coach Bonnie Garcia.
Ayo is in the second year of a three-year contract with UST, contrary to earlier reports which state that he signed for six years.
"Hindi aalis si coach Aldin sa UST. May complications sa juniors namin kaya nag-decide kaming mag-focus na lang sa seniors," said the source, who asked for anonymity.
Ayo also had a short run as the head coach for the Muntinlupa Cagers in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, lasting only three games at the helm in the 2019 Anta Datu Cup in September last year.
The source bared that FMR, one of the team's main sponsors when Ayo came in, is already out of the picture, with Ironcon being the main supporter of the squad for the meantime.
The Growling Tigers finished at sixth place with their 5-9 win-loss card in UAAP Season 81 in their first year under the Sorsogon-born bench tactician.
Ayo has retooled his roster in the offseason, with rookie Mark Nonoy, Pangasinense forward Rhenz Abando and Beninese high-flyer Soulemane Chabi Yo leading the fight.
Also in the squad are seniors Renzo Subido, Marvin Lee, and Zachy Huang, newcomers Brent Paraiso and Sherwin Concepcion, as well as the recovering CJ Cansino.
UST remains unbeaten through four games in the Aspirants Group of the 2019 PBA D-League.