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    Sources: Dandan has stepped down as UP Maroons coach

    Aug 18, 2013

    RICKY Dandan has resigned as head coach of the University of the Philippines following the team's eighth consecutive defeat on Thursday, multiple sources told

    Rumors that Dandan has quit following the Maroons' disappointing 59-67 loss to Ateneo on Thursday in a game where they blew a first-half lead have been making the rounds in the UP community over the weekend.

    Sources confirmed to that Dandan had indeed stepped down and was no longer around to preside over UP’s practices last Saturday.

    Curiously, Dandan was seen storming out of the Maroons' dugout after the loss to Ateneo and out of the Araneta Coliseum as his assistants tried to chase him.

    Sources also revealed that team manager Rey Madrid, a former UP head coach in the eighties and like Dandan one of the players during Joe Lipa's reign as UP coach, is set to step in for the remainder of the season.

    Dandan started coaching the Maroons in 2011 in place of Boyet Fernandez but has so far compiled a 3-34 win-loss slate in two-plus seasons with a team that has not won a UAAP championship since 1986.

    He opened the season with bright hopes, saying the 'Fighting' is back in the Maroons but has yet to win with seven games to go in the Maroons' campaign.

    Calls to Dandan have yet to be returned as of posting time.

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