WHILE the excitement heats up in the NCAA as the Final Four approaches, these are anxious times for coaches of teams which missed the cut, including Lyceum’s Topex Robinson.
The Pirates coach is under contract only until November, and while he is hoping to get a renewal, he is also bracing for the worst.
"I signed it last year. I'm expiring," said Robinson. "That's the life of a coach, once you sign, you have to be ready to get fired."
The Pirates had six wins and 12 losses and wound up joint eighth in the 10-team tournament, but exciting changes await the Pirates next season including the re-entry of CJ Perez to the NCAA.
"It's something that personally, I'm excited about. It's something that keeps me growing cause I know given the opportunity next year, it will be a strong lineup," said Robinson.
Former San Sebastia Stag Perez, who found a new home at Lyceum after leaving Ateneo due to academic reasons, gave a good account of himself recently with Gilas in the Fiba Asia Challenge Cup.
His addition will definitely be a big boost for the embattled Lyceum side bannered by Ian Alban, Shaq Alanes and Wilson Baltzar.
"Hopefully, he can turn things around," Robinson said of Perez.