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MANILA, Philippines – A report by University of Santo Tomas’ official student publication, The Varsitarian, says that Growling Tigers head coach Bong Dela Cruz hasn’t been fired or suspended, but is under probe and has been asked to stay out of team practices.
In the report, UST Institute of Physical Education and Athletics (IPEA) director Fr Ermito de Sagon, OP declined to reveal what Dela Cruz is being investigated for.
According to De Sagon, he does not want to reveal specifics of the investigation so that Dela Cruz, who’s coached UST since 2014, won’t be unfairly judged.
“I cannot call it a preventive suspension because we have not suspended him,” De Sagon told the UST publication about Dela Cruz, whose contract still runs until April.
“What I am saying is that he cannot handle the practice until we have made a decision.”
About the investigation, the director said that it’s “about our basketball program in reference to the University’s policies.”
The Growling Tigers are still practicing, according to De Sagon, because they “cannot afford to miss training, otherwise they will end up out of shape.”
Dela Cruz coached UST to a 5-9 record in 2014, but in 2015 led them to an 11-3 record and the top seed of the elimination round.