THE National University Bulldogs will have a better idea on where they are headed in the coming days when top patron Hans Sy meets with officials of the Sampaloc-based squad in the wake of its Final Four failure in the UAAP this season.
A source told Spin.ph that Sy is expected to chart a direction for a team facing a future filled with uncertainties after the top-seeded Bulldogs twice lost to the University of Santo Tomas Tigers in the Final Four to tumble out of the championship race.
High on the agenda to be tackled by Sy with NU representative to the UAAP board Nilo Ocampo and NU sports director Junel Baculi is the future of star player Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. and head coach Eric Altamirano, the source added.
Since the Bulldogs' Game Two loss to the Tigers, Parks has been in hibernation leaving everyone including NU officials clueless on whether he will stay at least another with the school or turn pro.
“He is still undecided. He might leave or he might stay,” said Ocampo, echoing a statement made by Baculi about the mystery sorrounding Parks at the moment.
“We still don’t know his plans pa eh. We’re giving him time,” said Baculi in an earlier interview with Spin.ph.
Ocampo was asked if Mr. Sy will attempt to sway Parks to stay, but the NU official was non-commital.
“We don’t know. We haven’t spoken to Mr. Hans regarding that,” he said.
Ocampo also gave no direct response with regards to rumors surrounding Altamirano's future with the team after his three-year program with the school failed to deliver a championship.
“As of now, siya pa rin ang coach namin. Sa ngayon si Eric pa rin ang hahawak ng team. As of now ha. Siya pa rin,” he said.
Ocampo added: “Sa tingin ko, he’ll stay as a coach. Sa tingin ko ha.”
Asked if he feels the pressure is mounting on Altamirano after the failed title campaign, the amiable team official shared the sentiments of the people on campus.
“Maraming reactions after the game eh, di ba? How he handled it, how the campaign went. Pero yung alumni naman namin hindi ganun ka-active eh,” he said.
“Wala akong nakikitang pressure from the outside, the alumni has not been that active,” Ocampo added. “They can recommend, they can voice out pero ultimately si Mr. Hans din magde-decide nun eh.”
Ocampo also bared that Altamirano will still be at the helm when the Bulldogs make their debut in the PBA D-League starting on October 24 while carrying the colors of Banco de Oro.