THEY saw it coming, but University of Santo Tomas' coach looming departure still left some players in disbelief.
“Madalas na kasing sabihin ni coach Pido na aalis na siya. After every UAAP (season) sinasabi niya yun. Siguro mga two seasons na,” said incoming UST skipper Jeric Teng, a day after the story broke that the Tigers coach is set to step down, possibly to take on a head-coaching job in the PBA.
Jarencio has told Spin.ph that he will make a decision on his future over the next two weeks, but multiple sources have confirmed that he has already tendered his resignation to school officials two weeks ago and that he is being eyed to be the next coach of Barako Bull.
The former PBA star has declined to say more about his plans, but admitted that "matagal ko nang pangarap maging PBA coach, pakiramdam ko overdue na tayo.”
Still, Teng remains hopeful the impending move is no more than a rumor.
“Final na ba talaga yun? Sayang naman. Mas malaki sana chance namin mag champion sa Season 76. Kasi kumpleto pa kami,” said the Tigers gunner.
Under Jarencio, UST regained its place among the collegiate league's elite teams, with the Tigers reaching the Final Four four times over the past five seasons and winning a championship back in 2006.
“Malaki ang bilib ko sa team namin eh. Pakiramdam ko mas malakas sana kami ngayong season, kaya naming tapatan ang Ateneo at La Salle at iba pa,” said Teng, whose younger brother Jeron is fast becoming the star of the Green Archers.
Teng, however, said he will be very happy for his coach if he goes on to land a coaching job in the pro league.
“Sayang talaga,” said Teng, shaking his head. “Pero kung may coaching opportunity sa PBA happy na rin ako kay coach Pido. Alam ko pangarap niya yun eh.”