THE presidents of the eight member schools of the UAAP are set to gather this week to discuss issues besetting the league in what has so far been a controversy-filled season.
A league official who requested not be named as the person is not authorized to speak for the league said the meeting has already been scheduled to give the heads of the eight schools themselves to "revisit" a league that has been been buffeted by controversy and strife.
[FAST FACT: A Spin.ph poll on the board decision on the Bo Perasol issue showed 83.69 percent of 1,509 respondents as of September 16 felt Ateneo's win should have been forfeited. Only 16.31 percent agreed with the board decision. To vote on poll, click here]
In contrast, the NCAA has its policy board composed of presidents of each member school which regularly held meetings aside from a management committee, considered as the counterpart of the UAAP board which handles the day-to-day affairs of the league.
The meeting could not have come at a better time.
The UAAP has found itself mired in several controversies this season and has in fact been hit by two Temporary Restraining Orders (TRO), one over its controversial decision to impose a two-year residency on high school athletes transfering from one member school to another.
[For full story, see UAAP dealt another court blow as swimmer obtains TRO against 'Pingoy rule']
The other TRO was on the board's decision to declare UP high school player Jozhua General ineligible to play in this season's juniors competition. [For full story, see Court issues TRO on UAAP decision declaring Junior Maroon General ineligible]
Most recently, the league found itself under fire over the board's decision not to forfeit Ateneo's win over University of the East despite Eagles coach Bo Perasol violating a long-standing league rule barring suspended team officials from showing up at the venue during games. [For full story, see Ateneo escapes forfeiture, but Perasol made to serve one-game ban again]
The board meeting over the Perasol issue also descended into chaos when Ateneo representative Ricky Palou lashed out at De La Salle counterparts Henry Atayde and Edwin Reyes, claiming the two are not qualified to be part of the board based on UAAP rules.
[For full story, see Bad blood between Ateneo, DLSU spills over into boardroom war over Perasol issue]