UNIVERSITY of the Philippines made a small but significant change to its playing jerseys when the Maroons showed up for the second round of the UAAP men’s basketball competitions.
During its game against Ateneo on Thursday, the Maroons wore uniforms that had the words 'Unibersidad ng' added to 'Pilipinas' to complete the school name at the front of the jersey.
Previously, UP jerseys only had the name 'Pilipinas.'
So what prompted the change?
UP coach Ricky Dandan admitted to Spin.ph that the change in the uniforms was made to comply with an order from the UAAP Board.
“Ayaw nila ng Pilipinas lang,” Dandan said.
A UAAP board member confirmed that they asked UP to make revisions to their uniform so it wouldn't appear that the Maroons are the Philippine national team.
“Hindi naman tama,” said the board member.
The UAAP board also said the order was in no way related to Gilas Pilipinas’ memorable campaign in the recent Fiba-Asia Championship, where the national team finished runner-up to Iran.
During the Asian championships hosted by the country, Gilas also wore a jersey with the word ‘Pilipinas’ at the front.
The bad news was, the change brought no good luck for the Maroons who went on to drop their eighth straight game of the season, losing 59-67 to Ateneo on Thursday afternoon.