FAR Eastern University will ask the UAAP for possible adjustments in the men’s basketball team’s Season 77 schedule with coach Nash Racela set to join Gilas Pilipinas in its Fiba World Cup campaign later this year.
While he is already resigned to the fact that Racela will not be around for the team during the duration of the World Cup, FEU athletic director Mark Molina is hoping that FEU will be without its head coach for only a few games.
“He will probably miss games. We will request the UAAP to fix the schedule to minimize games he will miss,” said Molina.
The Fiba World Cup is scheduled from August 30 to September 14 with the Philippines bracketed in Group B and will play in Seville, Spain. That would coincide with the middle stages of the second round of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.
During the Fiba-Asia Championship, Racela didn’t miss a game for the Tamaraws after the UAAP decided to begin the season earlier than usual in late June and stop play during the country’s hosting of the tournament.
So far, the UAAP has no decision on whether they will once again take a respite during the World Cup hostilities this year. A league official told Spin.ph that Season 77 will most probably start in July.
Aside from Racela, also part of the Gilas Pilipinas coaching staff is FEU assistant coach and national head coach Chot Reyes’ son Josh.
Racela said FEU has been supportive as far as his duties as one of the assistant coaches of not just of Gilas but also of Talk ’N Text in the PBA is concerned.
“Aware naman ang FEU about the situation,” Racela said in an SMS message. “Hopefully, maayos nila ang schedule para I won’t miss games.”
Racela also said that he will still try to do his task as FEU coach while in Spain.
“I’ll do both. Hindi ko lang alam pa kung paano gagawin,” said Racela in jest.