PIDO Jarencio is so loved by his University of Santo Tomas Tigers team that the players have vowed to gift the controversial coach no less than a UAAP men’s basketball championship.
Skipper and superstar Jeric Teng said they’re out to win a championship for Jarencio in the deciding Game Three of the Finals set Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena to help revive his coaching career outside campus which is reportedly 'in limbo.'
“Gusto talaga naming regaluhan si coach ng isang bagay na alam naming determinado siyang makuha,” said Teng. “Talagang gusto naming manalo para sa kanya.”
According to sources, a reshuffle of coaches at San Miguel Corp. has left Jarencio on a ‘floating’ status in an organization where he used to serve as one of the assistant coaches of former Petron coach Olsen Racela.
But Teng bared he sees in the eyes of Jarencio the determination to show his true worth, especially against a La Salle side known to be supported by San Miguel Corporation bigwigs.
“Saka mismong si coach, gustong manalo. Pursigido siya. Kasi madaming nagdududa sa kanya eh,” said Teng.
“Man on a mission talaga siya. Bigay talaga siya para mag-champion kami,” added the UST star of their coach who recently re-wrote UAAP history by leading a fourth-seeded team to the Finals for the very first time.
Teng believes winning a championship would open more opportunities for their beloved mentor, in the same way Jarencio was hired by the SMC group after leading the underdogs Tigers to a UAAP title against Ateneo in 2006.
“Gusto talaga namin manalo para sa kanya. Kasi alam namin pag nag-champion si coach Pido, kukunin ulit siya. Bibigyan ulit siya ng posisyon,” the senior forward said.
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Jarencio nearly left the Espana-based school last December to pursue a pro coaching career, but negotiations with Barako Bull bogged down due to minor details in the contract.
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“Saka madalas lahat ng mag-champion nabibigyan ng position di ba? Like (UE) coach Boycie (Zamar), binigyan. Kasi nag-champion sa FilOil (Cup),” added the streak-shooting guard. “Kasi iba yung nag-champion ka. Mas makakabuti kay coach yun.”
Asked if they can stand by their promise to Jarencio, Teng answered in the positive.
“Kaya yan. Kayang kaya, basta sana consistent lang ang tawag.”