AFTER all the noise generated by his aborted resignation from University of Santo Tomas last year and the furor over the game of musical chairs played by San Miguel Corp. coaches, Pido Jarencio has chosen to keep silent.
The UST Tigers head coach was conspicuously absent from the list of coaches shuffled among the three SMC teams that included former De La Salle coach Gee Abanilla, Boycie Zamar of University of the East and Leo Austria of Adamson.
Once a candidate for a head-coaching job with a non-SMC team, Jarencio's fate with the San Miguel organization appears uncertain and he has chosen to keep his lips sealed.
“Saka na natin pag-usapan,” was his simple reply when asked about his status with the SMC group.
Sources said Jarencio is still on SMC’s payroll, but on where he will end up at the end of the UAAP season remains anybody's guess.
Jarencio was an assistant coach at Petron until the Boosters went through a coaching shuffle that saw Gee Abanilla take over the head-coaching job and Olsen Racela move to San Mig Coffee to be one of the deputies of Tim Cone.
The Blaze Boosters have also tapped Austria, the head coach of the San Miguel Beermen in the Asean Basketball League, to be one of the assistant coaches, joining holdover Biboy Ravanes and Koy Banal who joined Abanilla's staff from San Mig.
Zamar, meanwhile, is set to be named as one of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s assistant coaches.
Jarencio nearly relinquished his post at UST while being considered for the head-coaching job at Barako Bull last year. But the vacant position went to former Gilas head coach Rajko Toroman.