FRANKIE Lim is set to return to college basketball by way of National University, sources told SPIN.ph.
Only minor details of the contract as well as the formal signing are being ironed out before the hiring of the NCAA champion coach to replace Eric Altamirano becomes official, according to one source.
“Nasa 99 percent na,” said the source who has information on the NU selection process.
NU athletic director Chito Loyzaga, however, denied the Bulldogs have already made a decision on a new coach, saying they have barely started the search for a new coach after announcing that they have accepted the resignation of Altamirano on Wednesday.
“We have just started the process of receiving CVs of interested applicants,” Loyzaga said. “Evaluation and interview will follow in the next weeks, then the announcement of who will be the head coach will be mid-January.”
Aside from Lim, also considered for the position were Joel Banal, former University of Santo Tomas coach Pido Jarencio and Patrick Aquino, who led the NU women's team to three successive UAAP championships.
Banal won championships in the UAAP (Ateneo) and NCAA (Mapua) while Jarencio led the Tigers to the 2006 championship. He is currently alternate governor of GlobalPort in the PBA.
Lim is a champion coach in the NCAA, having led San Beda to the first two of five straight NCAA titles by the Red Lions in 2010 and 2011.
The former PBA guard is also a former teammate of Loyzaga at San Beda.
Lim, however, resigned during the 2012 season after the NCAA imposed a ban on him for figuring in a brawl with San Sebastian women’s volleyball coach Roger Gorayeb in the offseason.
Lim was later appointed head coach of Barangay Ginebra in 2015 but his stint with the Gin Kings proved short-lived.
Altamirano stepped down after the Bulldogs missed the Final Four in Season 79, ending a six-year stint highlighted by a championship in 2014 - NU's first in 60 years.