Maroons deny coach replacement rumors as Perasol endures personal loss

The UP Fighting Maroons have denied reports that head coach Bo Perasol has been replaced or removed from his position on Friday, June 18.

“That’s not how the UP System works as there are formal processes required to make such a decision. Status quo remains and coach Bo has not resigned,” said team manager Agaton Uvero.

Perasol himself forwarded Uvero’s message upon being asked for comment.  The same statement was also echoed by College of Human Kinetics dean Francis Carlos Diaz.

Sa mga balita na lumalabas about UP and coach Bo, masasabi ko lang na lahat yan ay fake news. Kasalukuyang nagluluksa si coach Bo kasama ang buong team sa pagpanaw ng kanyang ina kagabi,” added Renan Dalisay, chairman of the Nowhere to Go but UP Foundation.

(I can say that the news coming out regarding UP and coach Bo are fake. Coach Bo is currently in mourning with the rest of the team after his mother passed away last night.)

The amiable tactician posted the news of his mother’s passing on social media last Thursday, June 17, and he has since been offered support and condolences from numerous friends, players, and media practitioners.

Both Uvero and Dalisay also noted in their messages that “UP has not even allowed varsity teams to meet and practice.”

This is likely done in compliance with the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) guidelines that have heavily restricted even the country’s top pro sports teams.

Per the team’s announcements, Perasol remains at the helm of one of the UAAP’s best-performing programs over the last five years.

Since leading the Maroons to its first finals appearance in 32 years back in 2018, Perasol has helped UP become a top destination for prized recruits like Kobe Paras, CJ Cansino, Gerry Abadiano, Terrence Fortea, and Gilas Pilipinas prospect Carl Tamayo. – Rappler.com