WHEN the UAAP season 77 kicks off in June, Boycie Zamar will no longer be calling the shots for the Red Warriors.
A Spin.ph source bared that Zamar as well as some of his most trusted men in the coaching staff have been given the pink slip by the team which fell just short of reaching the Final Four last season.
Efforts to contact Zamar have not been answered so far, but the source bared that it was no less than one of the school’s top officials who personally broke the sad news to the coaching staff on Thursday noon.
“Kanina lang namin nalaman yan lahat, buong team,” said the source who claimed that even Zamar’s assistants Bai Cristobal and Nomar Isla were stripped of their positions.
“Nabigla nga kami at nalungkot nga kami kasi mawawala na sila coach,” said the source who even disclosed how Cameroonian star Mustafa Arafat cried like a baby upon hearing the news.
“Halos lahat kami umiyak!”
Under Zamar, the UE Red Warriors became title contenders last season after several years of playing in the shadows of the collegiate league's most dominant teams.
The soft-spoken mentor even brought UE to the championship of the last year’s Fil-Oil Flying V tournament, where the Red Warriors beat the National University Bulldogs in the final.
It will be recalled that Zamar even turned down an offer to coach the Barangay Ginebra team in the PBA, saying he wanted to focus on his commitment with the Red Warriors.
Zamar has recently been moved from Ginebra to San Miguel Beer as an assistant coach and is still head coach of the Cebuana Lhuillier team in the D-League.
The source, however, refused to answer questions on whether the development has something to do with pressure coming from within, particularly the school’s administration and alumni.
UE, ironically, is this year's UAAP host.