SAN Sebastian coach Topex Robinson is bracing for the worst in terms of his future with the Golden Stags following an underachieving season in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
The Stags lost to Jose Rizal University, 82-77, on Monday, their 13th in 18 games that brought an end to their first season since 2008 that they will be out of the postseason.
And Robinson, unlike others, is not fond of pinning the blame on anyone but himself.
“As always, I take full responsibility,” he said. “I wasn’t able to take them to another good finish. But I just want to thank them for giving it a good fight until the last second.”
“There are a lot of uncertainties,” he continued. “You’re only as good as your last game. When you lose, it’s always the coach’s head that’s on the line. And I’m going to leave it up to management on their plans for the future of this franchise.”
“Kasama sa buhay namin (as coaches) yun eh,” he added. “Once you’re hired, you (should be) ready to get fired.”
But Robinson, who has handled the Stags for three years and whose one-year contract expires at the end of this season, said management has yet to talk with him.
“Wala pa naman (talks), he said. “You just have to be ready for any decision that they’re going to make. We have to respect them. They want what’s best for the team and if they think na I’m not good for the job (anymore), I’m open to any changes.
“I’m a full-blooded Sebastinian,” added Robinson, who played for the Stags in the mid-1990s. “If it’s going to take me to bring back the glory of the team, I’m willing to step down. That’s how much I appreciate and love this school.”
Robinson expressed appreciation to his players for their effort on and off the court.
“I thanked my players for being good student-athletes,” he said. “I appreciate all the sacrifices they made. I told them it’s not all about the wins. A good thing about this season is that it bonded us together well.”
“When you’re losing, you’ll know who’s really with you: it’s always going to be the family.”
Still, Robinson expressed eagerness to continue handling the Stags.
“This failure is not going to stop me from coaching. I’m really looking forward to what’s ahead.”