IT pains former UST players to see the Growling Tigers slowly fall from grace in the UAAP men's basketball tournament.
Just ask San Miguel Corp. sports director Alfrancis Chua.
That's why the former UST cager stressed the need to rebuild the basketball program from the rubbles of a forgettable season that saw the team win only one match against fellow league doormat University of the East.
And the outspoken official assured he is willing to help rebuild the Tigers program in any way he can, including financial support, just not in coaching the team.
"Magco-coach ulit? Again uulitin ko, dito nga sa PBA hindi na tayo nagco-coach ulit eh. Mahirap mag-coach eh kasi dalawa lang yan di ba," he said.
"Coaching, for sure I'm not gonna coach UST but I'm willing to help in any way na kaya kong maitulong. If they need our help. Kung kailangan ng tulong namin, bakit hindi? Diyan kami galing eh, masakit para samin na nakikita naming ganun," added Chua.
The former Ginebra coach said he can even ask SMC big boss Ramon S. Ang to extend help to the team that has struggled the last two seasons under Boy Sablan. All they need is to see the blueprint for the rebuild first.
"Mabait naman yung boss ko basta sports lahat tinutulungan," he told reporters after the PBA presscon for the 43rd season on Wednesday.
"Mabilis naman ang tulong makita lang natin yung plataporma, ano mga kailangan natin gawin hindi yung palakasin natin ang team. Bakit? Anong kulang? Anong kailangan? Gusto ko lang makakita nung plan, what's the plan? As of now parang we're all blinded," continued Chua
Chua also bared there were intial talks between him and a group of alumni last year, but didn't pan out.
And while UST has yet to officially reach out to him, Chua stressed he's ‘willing to help’ in any way.
"Wala pa talagang formal talks," he said. "Again, I'm gonna repeat it. I'm willing to help. Kahit ano, kung ano maitutulong natin maibalik lang yung "Go USTe!" Ngayon wala na sumisigaw eh. Wala na sumisigaw ng "Go USTe!" go home na."