A FORMAL protest may be an exercise in futility for the University of the East.
The Warriors had expressed their intention to put under protest their 90-55 defeat against National University over the 'wrong' uniform worn by the Bulldogs' Emmanuel Mbe.
UE coach Jerry Codinera had claimed that Mbe's shorts did not have a logo of one of the team's sponsors that was present in the kits of his teammates.
UE, however, has yet to submit a formal protest to the UAAP Board with the 48-hour deadline closing in, as confirmed by UAAP secretary treasurer Junel Baculi on Monday.
So far, UE management has only gone as far as inquiring about the rules of the league in such cases.
“They asked for the minutes of the coaches’ meeting last July 11 which I forwarded to them,” Baculi said.
But even if they do file a protest, Baculi doubts if it would prosper since Baculi said the coaches had agreed to give teams a two-week grace period to put their uniforms in order.
“Nasa minutes of the meeting na it was agreed that walang forfeiture sa mga ganoong cases,” said Baculi, who is also NU’s athletic director.
“We have two weeks to put in order ‘yung mga logos. The problem isn’t really the uniforms but the logos."