Despite TNT coaching news, Nash will finish Season 79 with FEU
Paul Lintag on Oct 22, 2016 05:41 PM
Nash Racela will remain as head coach of the FEU Tamaraws until the end of Season 79. What happens after that depends on the final offer from TNT KaTropa.
Despite early news of Nash Racela already getting the head coaching job for the PBA's TNT KaTropa, one thing is for sure, he will finish UAAP Season 79 with Far Eastern University.
It's not even a question. It's basically the only thing that's certain in what has been a week full of questions for the champion mentor of the Tamaraws.
With coach Nash opting to keep quiet on his status with both the Tamaraws and the KaTropa, FEU athletic director Mark Molina answered the questions for him. And he assured the green-and-gold community that Racela will continue leading the defending champions' bid for back-to-back UAAP titles.
"Wala namang doubt, we know that Nash will not leave the team in the middle of the season," Molina said Saturday after FEU's seventh straight win to put a vise grip for second place with an 8-2 record.
"That's our only concern but it was never on doubt that Nash will finish the season. Ang focus namin is tapusin muna itong Season 79," he added as the next PBA conference is set to take place in the middle of November or around playoff time in the UAAP.
However, no official word has come from TNT and from Nash himself with Racela opting to keep quiet on the subject matter.
"First of all, I'd like to apologize for not answering most of your calls and your texts," Racela told the media to begin his UAAP press conference Saturday. "Sorry ah, quiet muna."
Season 79 is Racela's fourth year with FEU, making back-to-back Finals in Seasons 77 and 78.
He led the Tamaraws to their 20th title last year, beating UST in three games.
Racela has also been with TNT for the longest time, serving as one of the top deputies for Chot Reyes, Norman Black, Jong Uichico, the coach he's set to replace if the TNT deal fall through.
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