Pido Jarencio admits expressing availability for UST job, but denies any 'takeover arrangement' involving Sablan
Pido Jarencio says he has expressed his willingness to help the Tigers, but has yet to be contacted by UST officials. Jerome Ascano

WHILE he expressed his desire to help his alma mater, Pido Jarencio clarified he has not been informed by University of Sto. Tomas of any plan to hire a fill-in head coach before he is officially brought back in.

Longtime UST assistant coach Boy Sablan is set to be named Tigers head coach for Season 79, according to a source, who added that UST officials hope to have Jarencio back for Season 80.

Jarencio, newly named chief of basketball operations of Globalport in the PBA after being stripped of the head-coaching position, said he is not aware of such arrangement.

“Wala akong alam sa nangyayari o sa mga usapan na ganyan, kung meron mang ganyang usapan,” said Jarencio on Thursday.

[See Boy Sablan seen as a 'caretaker' UST Tigers coach as Jarencio shadow looms large]

Jarencio, who steered the Growling Tigers to the 2006 UAAP crown, admitted he indeed expressed willingness to help UST but said he has yet to be contacted by school officials.

“Nagsabi ako kila Father (Ermito De Sagun, UST athletic director) na available ako kung interesado ang school. Okay ako, willing akong tumulong sa eskwelahan. Pero ’yung usapan tungkol kay Sablan, hindi ako kasali diyan.

“Hindi ko sila kinakausap, wala akong kinakausap na tao. Kung may intensyon man ako, nagpasabi lang ako ng intensyon kila Father pero hindi nila ako tinawagan,” said Jarencio.

[See Pido Jarencio named GlobalPort head of basketball operations]

As for the clamor of a few quarters to have him return as head coach, Jarencio said it’s not his decision to make.

“Nasa kaparian naman ’yun, hindi sa akin. Nagsabi lang ako ng availability ko. ‘Yun lang ‘yun. Hanggang dun lang,” Jarencio.

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