Ramil Cruz gains support as UP Maroons coaching job set to be opened to applicants
UP assistant coach Ramil Cruz led the Maroons to their only win last season while head coach Rey Madrid served out a suspension. Jaime Campos

THE head-coaching job at University of the Philippines is set to be opened for new applicants although incumbent Rey Madrid will remain in the hunt for the position, Spin.ph learned from sources.

Sources said Madrid has in fact already submitted his proposed program for the Maroons, whose run of losing seasons continued during Madrid's time in charge with a 1-13 campaign in Season 77 of the UAAP.

However, a group of team backers, sources said, is lobbying for one of Madrid’s lieutenants, Ramil Cruz, to apply for the position. Cruz was the acting coach during the Maroons’ lone victory last season against Adamson.

[See Joe Lipa says Maroons wouldn't have won in 1986 without Ramil Cruz's heroics]

When asked to confirm the development, UP officials declined to speak, only saying that an official announcement will be made soon.

The Maroons ended a 27-game losing streak this season but have not come close to reaching the playoffs - or much less a title - since winning their only league championship in 1986.

UP team manager Dan Palami has been adamant about a change in the coaching staff, with the concurrent Philippine Azkals team manager suggesting that the positions should be vacated.

UP College of Human Kinetics Dean Ronnie Dizer said the school is not inclined to replace Madrid despite Palami’s call, although he may have softened up his stance in the wake of the latest development.

[See Palami airs fears of pullout of support as UP officials resist changes]

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