Coach Franz says UAAP not what it was before because of social media

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 05, 2020 01:14 PM
Coach Franz says UAAP not what it was before
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Franz Pumaren has been right up there among collegiate coaches for more than two decades now.

Building De La Salle University into a powerhouse and then guiding Adamson University into a return to relevance, the multi-titled mentor is, for sure, one of those who should be believed when talking about the growth of UAAP basketball.

And for coach Franz, the first and foremost difference between the 1990s-2000s and 2010s is the physicality of play.

"Nung panahon ng late 1990s to 2000s, it was a different level, yung competition," he shared to fellow coaches Charles Tiu, Paolo Layug, and Anton Altamirano in his appearance on Coaches Unfiltered. "I don't know if you can recall, pero when they play, they play hard. Bakbakan."

According to the five-time champion coach, even the rivalries were much more intense then. As he put it, "Talagang pag naglaban ang La Salle-Ateneo, La Salle-UST, even off the court, hindi nagbabatian yan."

Nowadays, though, in the eyes of Coach Franz, that is no more. "Eh ngayon, we ask our players, how come you didn't bump the guy? He's my IG friend eh. Facebook friend ko eh," he said.

In this light, the Soaring Falcons' shot-caller pointed to social media as the reason for the somewhat thawing in the fire and desire of competition. "I think, nakaapekto rin sa performance ng student-athletes yan eh. They tend to play to please the fans, to please their endorsements so they tend not to play within the system, within the team concept," he said.

He then continued, "Because what's important ngayon is if you can put up a highlight. Factor ang social media eh."

At the same time, however, Coach Franz said that social media has also led to more action off the court for student-athletes. "There's an advantage and also disadvantage eh. Of course, I'm quite happy for the student-athletes na, at least, they get recognized more eh," he said.

The brilliant tactician went on to mention how Don Allado, his former player in La Salle and current assistant in Adamson, compared recruitment from their time to now. "Sabi nga ni Allado, they were born too early raw eh," he narrated with a laugh.

He then continued, "If they were playing in this era with the advent of social media, outrageous allowances daw yun. Eh dati, ang players, when I recruit, just dinner, okay na yun e."

Whatever it is, for Coach Franz, one thing is crystal clear: there were no friendships between players from different teams back in the day. "Nung late 1990s to 2000s, talagang when they play each other, walang kaibi-kaibigan. Ngayon, hindi e - IG friend ko yan, FB friend ko yan, we belong to the same stable ng agent," he said.

He then continued, "It's really different."

Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing, that's up for everybody else to decide.

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