Santos, Meneses unsure of returns to San Sebastian, JRU

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 27, 2015 04:06 PM
Santos, Meneses unsure of returns to San Sebastian, JRU
UPHEAVAL. There is a possibility that half of the teams in the NCAA will have new coaches for next season.

Colegio de San Juan de Letran isn’t the only school which will be seeing a different face roaming its sidelines next NCAA season.

Set to be introduced as Emilio Aguinaldo College’s new coach is Ariel Sison who will be taking over for Andy De Guzman. Also, the school is yet to make an official announcement and hire a replacement, but Aric del Rosario and his coaching staff are no longer with University of Perpetual Help.

Meanwhile, situations in the sidelines over at Shaw Boulevard and Recto Avenue are also uncertain with Vergel Meneses and Rodney Santos both sharing that their return for next season is not yet 100 percent.

According to Meneses, his return to Jose Rizal University may well possibly hinge on the outcome of his bid for vice mayor of Bulakan, Bulacan. “Ayaw ko naman kasing ‘di maging full-time sa parehas,” he told ABS-CBN Sports.

Nonetheless, “The Aerial Voyager” said that, for their job security, he already had his staff re-signed by the school. That, however, does not include assistant coach Cholo Villanueva who is reportedly being eyed as Aldin Ayo’s deputy in De La Salle University.

“Wala namang nababanggit si Cholo sakin. Kung ano tingin niya makakabuti sa kanya, okay lang naman sa akin,” Meneses said. He was quick to add, however, “Pero actually, inalok ko kay Cholo pagiging head coach ng JRU. Siya gusto kong pumalit sakin kung sakali.”

On the other hand, Santos’ return to San Sebastian College depends on whether or not the Recollect priests renew his contract which will end in December. As he told ABS-CBN Sports, “No word yet from the fathers though (my contract is) expiring. Sabi nila by second week of December, they’ll let me know.”

However, sources have said that another former Golden Stag who is close with the Recollect priests is targeting the post. Egay Macaraya, current head coach of Centro Escolar University, is said to be in serious talks to take over for Santos.

Asked about the situation, the incumbent San Sebastian mentor simply said, “Well, let’s see.”


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