NCAA awaits gov’t verdict on Ayo


    ALTHOUGH former University of Santo Tomas coach Aldin Ayo will be under scrutiny if and when an NCAA team hires him, a verdict on the controversial tactician by the government should help the league make a definite ruling on the matter, according to Malaya-Business Insight source.

    “Wala naman kaming magagawa sa ngayon kasi wala naman siyang na-violate na any NCAA rule kasi nasa UAAP siya, ‘di ba? Pero kapag gobyerno na ang nagkaso sa kanya, covered na kami niyan, sakop na kami. We’re still waiting kung ano iyong hatol, ano decision ng IATF, DOJ, and CHED. Wala pa sa ngayon. Parang tumahimik nga bigla,” the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said yesterday.

    “Kaya namin binago iyong usapan namin kasi kung may ‘gentleman’s agreement’ ka tapos wala namang basehan ‘di ba useless din? Wala rin siyang ngipin. So, hihintayin talaga natin iyong ruling tapos kapag ganoon, hindi na ‘gentleman’s agreement.’ We can make a unified stand, tsaka magiging binding na iyon,” the source added.

    Ayo resigned as Growling Tigers coach last Sept. 4 amid allegations that he breached the government’s stringent COVID-19 health protocols when he brought his charges to his hometown in Capuy, Sorsogon City and held a training bubble from mid-June to August.

    The UAAP suspended Ayo indefinitely from all its events and activities last Sept. 9.

    The source insisted the league will thoroughly think twice, even thrice, if Ayo deserves a second chance.

    “Kapag dumating iyong punto na mag-a-apply siya, we have to sit down and talk the matter intensively. Pag-uusapan naming mabuti,” said the source.

    “Kapag si school A kinuha siya, magpaliwanag kayo bakit niyo kinuha.”

    The Commission on Higher Education issued has show cause orders to UST and National University, also under the microscope after its athletes reportedly held workouts, for violating its advisories that “prohibited mass gatherings such as ceremonies and school activities, until the IATF prohibition is lifted,” last Sept. 7.

    The Sports Joint Administrative Order group, made up of the Games and Amusements Board, Department of Health, and Philippine Sports Commission submitted to the Department of Justice and Department of Interior Local Government also last Sept. 7 a report for possible violations of Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases’ local ordinances rules.

    The ill-fated UST bubble was burst after former captain CJ Cansino said he was booted out of the team due to “defiance of authority” last Aug. 21.

    The existence of waivers addressed to former Institute of Physical Education and Athletics (IPEA) director Fr. Jannel Abogado, OP, was also true, according to former Tigers playmaker and reigning UAAP Rookie of the Year Mark Nonoy and guard Deo Cuajao.