FAR Eastern University begged off from seeing action in the qualifiers of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League in light of the Tamaraws’ continuing search for a new head coach.
FEU athletic director Mark Molina said it has already informed PCCL commissioner Joe Lipa that the Tamaraws are not ready to participate in the annual tournament despite having qualified following their fifth-place finish in the last UAAP men’s basketball meet.
“Wala pa kaming coach, mahirap mag-practice ng walang coach,” said Molina. “Hindi kami ready in the first week of November.”
“Bakasyon ang mga players, ‘yung iba nasa D-League. Wala kaming ginagawa as far as the team is concerned,” Molina added.
Nash Racela, assistant coach of Talk ‘N Text in the PBA, looms as the top candidate for the job with Bert Flores set to be relegated to the position as the Tamaraws’ chief scout.
FEU legend Johnny Abarrientos, also an assistant to coach Tim Cone at San Mig Coffee, is also a candidate for the coaching spot.
The Tamaraws missed the Final Four despite a 9-5 win-loss record in the 75th season of the league.
University of the East, which finished seventh in the recent UAAP season, will take the place of FEU in the PCCL National Capital Region qualifiers set November 6.
The Red Warriors will join Adamson and NCAA teams Mapua and Jose Rizal University in the NCR qualifiers as they compete against Philippine Merchant Marine School, Centro Escolar University, St. Francis of Assisi, and St. Claire for a chance to join the main tournament of the annual meet to determine the country’s collegiate national champion.