FINALLY, the UAAP wants to do away with the controversial practice of game-related issues reaching the board room.
A source told Spin.ph there's a strong sentiment among school heads to leave all game-related decisions to the commissioner, stripping teams of the option to appeal adverse rulings before the UAAP board.
Insiders said the new rule could be in place by 2015 for Season 78.
The rule change, in effect, will give the commissioner more independence and teeth in running the affairs of the tournament and hand out penalties to players, coaches, and team officials in game-related issues.
Currently, the decision of the commissioner is not considered final since it can still be appealed before the board, which in turn can either upheld or reverse the verdict.
Just last season, basketball commissioner Chito Loyzaga handed a two-game suspension to University of the East center Charles Mammie for a third unsportsmanlike foul, only for the board to reduce the suspension to one game following an appeal made by the Red Warriors.
During the term of former commissioner Ato Badolato two seasons ago, the board also overturned a decision on the court and ordered a replay of a match between National University and Far Eastern University.
But the most controversial incident of such nature happened in the early nineties, marring the men’s basketball Finals between La Salle and the FEU Tamaraws.
The Tamaraws put the outcome of the Green Archers’ title-clinching win under protest for what they deemed as a technicality after La Salle guard Tony Boy Espinosa stayed on the court for a few seconds despite already committing his fifth and final foul.
The UAAP board upheld the protest and ordered a replay of the match.
But the Archers and the entire La Salle community protested the decision and decided not to show up for the game at the half-empty Araneta Coliseum, resulting in the Tamaraws winning the championship by default.
The UAAP board decision came after an independent opinion made by the governing Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) upholding the win by La Salle.
Once the rule change is in place, the UAAP is expected to be a lot more stringent in selecting the commissioner for all sports considering the power he will wield.
Unlike in other leagues like the PBA, the UAAP commissioner is chosen every year by the host school.
“Choosing a commissioner will now be rigid and there are standards that need to be met,” said the source.