ARVIE BRINGAS, one of the most controversial figures in the recently-concluded UAAP men’s basketball season, found himself dropped from the roster of Far Eastern University after the team underwent a major revamp following its failure to make the Final Four.
While still enrolled at the Morayta-based school, the tough-playing forward was among the casualties of FEU’s decision to undertake an overhaul of its varsity team that saw Nash Racela immediately assuming the head coaching job of the Tamaraws in lieu of Robert Flores.
Still, Bringas remains hopeful he’ll be able to make the team roster by next year.
Currently suiting up for Big Chill in the PBA D-League, Bringas said he’s using his current stint in the the Aspirants Cup to prove that he is still worthy of a spot with the Tamaraws.
He added he intends to try out with the team next summer.
"Kailangan ko patunayan ngayon sa school ko kasi tinanggal ako doon," Bringas said when Spin.ph. caught up with him.
When asked to elaborate on the current scenario at FEU, Bringas said: "Nag-revamp ‘yung school kaya heto ‘yung way para pakita ko sa kanila na different ‘yung laro ko noong UAAP dito."
"Masakit pero wala tayong magagawa, desisyon ng management 'yun," added Bringas, who averaged 6.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 11 games during Season 75 of the UAAP.
It was not clear however, if the controversies he got embroiled in last season had something to do with the decision to cut him.
Bringas gained notoriety when he spat on the face of Ateneo’s Justine Chua in the Tamaraws’ 64-77 loss to the Blue Eagles during a highly-physical encounter in the second round of the eliminations.
His action resulted in a one-game suspension slapped on him by the UAAP, and another one-game ban from FEU.
Later on, he was again suspended for a game after elbowing a University of the Philippines Fighting Maroon shortly upon his return from suspension.
Prior to his stint with FEU, Bringas saw action for the De La Salle Green Archers in 2009 before sitting out the next two seasons when he opted to transfer with the Tamaraws.
Despite posting a winning record at 9-5, the Tamaraws were eliminated by the Green Archers in the playoff for the last Final Four slot.