Pumaren has a big decision to make


    IT’S still coach Franz Pumaren, for now.

    Although his contract with Adamson University expired last Dec. 31, Pumaren told Malaya-Business Insight yesterday that he is still receiving a salary from the Falcons.

    “I’m still getting paid,” Pumaren said. He did not elaborate.

    Pumaren, 57, guided the Soaring Falcons to three straight Final Four stints in the last four seasons.

    Fil-Nigerian playmaker Jerrick Ahanmisi has opted to forego his final year with Adamson and instead join the PBA Draft set on March 14.

    “With the cancellation of the UAAP (83rd season) and no clear dates, I think it was the deciding factor,” Pumaren said, referring to Ahanmisi’s decision. “I understand it very well and we can’t take it against him.”

    A councilor in the third district of Quezon City, Pumaren is mulling the possibility of calling it quits in coaching to focus on his career as a public servant.

    With a young core, the Falcons wound up with a 4-10 card for sixth in the last UAAP cage wars.

    After scrapping its 83rd season due to the health risks and uncertainties brought about by the coronavirus crisis, the UAAP is eyeing a September opening this year for its 84th season.

    The Commission on Higher Education released the safety and health guidelines for the resumption of varsity training last October.

    Nearly three months after, collegiate leagues are still waiting for approval from the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.