LOOK who is back as top candidate for the high-profile Ateneo coaching job?
It’s Bo Perasol.
The man who once took himself out as contender for the coveted post again resurfaced as the heavy bet to take on the position vacated just last month by Norman Black, according to multiple sources within the school.
Spin.ph learned Perasol had been contacted anew for the job pending the official announcement by Ateneo officials.
The breakthrough development came at a time when the names of Alex Compton, and Ateneo assistant coaches Sandy Arespacochaga and Jamike Jarin had been mentioned as among those included in the list of possible replacements for Black, who ended his seven-year partnership with the school after steering the Blue Eagles to a fifth straight UAAP men’s basketball championship.
Perasol actually was the first choice as Black’s replacement, but later on begged off from the job after top backer Manny V. Pangilinan withdrew his ties with the school owing to differences in position regarding issues on mining and the reproductive bill.
In a statement he released following his withdrawal, Perasol mentioned about his loyalty to Pangilinan.
“While I am truly grateful for the trust of Ateneo in me, there was really no doubt in my mind as to who my Patron and Benefactor is – and that is MVP,” said Perasol.
After Pangilinan severed his ties with the school Ateneo decided to create a Basketball Endowment Fund to raise financial support for the institution’s basketball program.
It remains unclear however, whether the possible appointment of Perasol may yet signal the return of Pangilinan as Ateneo’s chief sports backer.
Perasol, who played for the University of the Philippines in the UAAP, had his last coaching stint with the Powerade team in the PBA that saw him steer the Tigers to a surprising runner-up finish to Talk 'N Text in the 2011 Philippine Cup.
His coaching service however, was not retained when Globalport of businessman-sportsman Mikee Romero brought the Powerade franchise during the off-season.