PIDO Jarencio may escape sanctions for his rant against the referees in Game One of the UAAP Finals, but the fiery University of Santo Tomas coach may get into trouble for what one league board member said was "physical contact" with one of the officials on Saturday night.
Jarencio launched into a tirade against what he felt was "unfair" officiating in the wake of the 78-83 loss to Ateneo in the opener of the best-of-three championship series, saying "manipis ang mga tawagan, makakapal ang mukha," to drive home his opinion of the referees.
There are no clear-cut rules in the league on criticism of officials, however, and one league insider told Spin.ph that Commissioner Ato Badolato is leaning towards handing Jarencio no more than a warning for his attack on the referees.
But that is not the case with one particular incident in the fourth quarter where the UST coach allegedly got into "physical contact" with one of the referees while complaining about a call. League rules clearly prohibit contact with game officials during a game.
The incident was caught on video, an insider said.
UAAP secretary treasurer Junel Baculi confirmed to Spin.ph that possible sanctions against Jarencio may be discussed when the board holds its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday.
“It is possible. We will have a regular board meeting on October 10,” said Baculi in an SMS message.
Jarencio blasted the officiating in Game One, saying it was not 'unbiased.' He also blamed inconsistent calls for the foul troubles of UST center Karim Abdul and forward Kevin Ferrer.
“Let the players decide (the outcome). Consistency na naman (ang issue),” Jarencio said last Saturday night.
Jarencio was also seen doing a cut-throat gesture during the game. Asked to explain it later, he said: "Niyari kami."
The former UST star also furiously confronted officials after the game over the non-call on a Ryan Buenafe foul on Jeric Teng in the final play and maligned them during the postgame interview, saying, “Ang nipis ng tawag, ang kakapal ng mukha.”
Badolato, however, preferred to be silent on Jarencio’s criticisms about officiating.
“It’s better not to comment on that,” Badolato said.
Jarencio said on Saturday that pointing out what he perceived as errors on the part of the referees is part of his duties as UST coach.
"Ako ang representative ng school sa loob ng court. Kung hindi ako ang magko-complain, sino gagawa noon?" he asked.
Jarencio also blasted Badolato for what he said was the commissioner's failure to control the referees.
"Dapat, at some point, kakausapin n'ya yung mga referees at sasabihan kung may nakikitang mali sa mga tawag," he said. "Wala akong nakikitang ganoon."