A TOP Ateneo official said Bo Perasol remains as head coach of Ateneo amid talk that Ronnie Magsanoc is being considered to take over the job following the Blue Eagles back-to-back losses to University of Santo Tomas and bitter rival De La Salle in just a week’s span.
Ateneo team manager Epok Quimpo told Spin.ph in a message that Perasol is still calling the shots for the Blue Eagles, who finished their first round campaign with a 4-3 (win-loss) record for third place.
At the same time, Quimpo denied Magsanoc is set to take over the team after the Blue Eagles’ loss to the Green Archers on Sunday.
“Not true. Nothing official,” said the Ateneo official.
Quimpo confirmed that a meeting was held among “leaders” involved with the team on Monday night, but only to set goals for the team in the second round of the eliminations.
Quimpo added nothing was discussed about the future of Perasol.
“The meeting tonight centered on preparations for the second round,” Quimpo said in an message to Spin.ph. “(Like what I) told you (earlier), wala talaga. Goal setting and improvements for round two.”
In the midst of the coaching rumors, sources of Spin.ph said the Blue Eagles didn’t hold their Monday practice a day after they bowed to the Archer, 80-76, in a game that saw them put to waste a lead of as much as 16 points.
Ateneo’s chief backer Manny V. Pangilinan was at the Mall of Asia Arena to watch the game as he came back to the country in the early morning after being in Changsha, China the night before to witness the championship finale of the Fiba Asia Championship between Gilas Pilipinas and the host country.
Pangilinan also happens to be the president of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).
Magsanoc, who has been with the Blue Eagles as part of their coaching staff for two years now, had previously won a championship with the San Beda Red Lions in 2012 in the NCAA.
He also led Hapee to a title in the last PBA D-League Foundation Cup.