UNIVERSITY of the Philippines coach Rey Madrid has been given a vote of confidence by a school official after he was handed a two-game suspension for 'point shaving' accusations made against UAAP referees.
UP College of Human Kinetics dean Ronualdo Dizer said Madrid will definitely continue calling the shots for the Maroons in the wake of the controversy spawned by his allegations that the referees helped University of Santo Tomas post a wide margin over the Maroons to reach a certain 'number' last week.
The Maroons lost the game, 57-73.
“Naiintindihan naman namin ‘yung dynamics and psychology ng coach,” Dizer said.
On Monday, Madrid issued a letter of apology to league commissioner Andy Jao, who nonetheless banned him for two games for his 'unsubstantiated' accusations.
Dizer, however, made it clear the school is not condoning the actions of Madrid, whose team is on a 26-game losing streak dating back to the 2012 season - and 0-5 this year.
“Hindi namin kino-condone ‘yun, pero naiintindihan namin na heat of the moment ‘yun, which is normal naman sa mga coaches,” said the soft-spoken official.
Dizer also added he has already spoken to Madrid to give him 'reminders.'
“Si coach must be more composed lang. Sinasabihan din namin siya na, 'You should watch your temperament. You can’t control other people. What you can control is yourself,'” said Dizer.