FR. Maximino Rendon of host Adamson declared the first-semester of competitions in the UAAP a success despite several problems such as player suspensions and game forfeitures, plus battles that dragged the league out of the playing arenas and into the legal courts.
“Season 76 was very successful despite the problems we encountered along the way,” said Rendon. “This we credit to the enormous support of students, alumni and fans to their respective schools.”
Suspensions marked Season 76, especially in the men’s basketball competitions, with University of the East bearing the brunt.
Far Eastern University’s games in women’s basketball were also forfeited after it was learned that one of the key Lady Tamaraws played in a club tournament while the season was ongoing, thus foiling the team’s bid to repeat as champions via a sweep. The La Salle Lady Archers went on to win the title.
Basketball and swimming were was not spared of controversies after the league decided to impose a two-year residency rule on high school graduates who transfer from one UAAP school to another.
But all’s well that ends well, according to Rendon, who pointed to the record attendance in both the Cheerdance Competition won for the first time by a resurgent National University, and the men’s basketball finals where De La Salle topped UST.
The Cheerdance Competition recorded an unprecedented attendance of 20,830 fans last September 14 at the Mall of Asia Arena, figures that exceeded the 20,686 last season.
“Despite all intrigues and controversies, the UAAP board [of trustees] was able to provide effective solutions to manage it well, and we think that's what “Greatness Never Ends” means,” said Rendon.