UST accepts Aldin Ayo resignation with a ‘heavy heart’

The University of Santo Tomas has formally accepted the resignation of Tigers coach Aldin Ayo as the embattled school also promises to rebuild its athletic program with “compassion and competence.” 

UST, a runner-up finisher in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament last season, said it accepted Ayo’s resignation with a “heavy heart,” along with the resignation of his assistants McJour Luib and Jinino Manansala.

“The Thomasian community conveys its gratitude to them for their service to the University,” the school said in a statement on Saturday, September 5.

Ayo stepped down a day earlier and apologized for his actions, noting that he “unnecessarily exposed” the university to “much condemnation.” (READ: Aldin Ayo formally resigns amid UST investigation)

The multi-titled mentor – who won championships with Letran in the NCAA and La Salle in the UAAP – came under fire two weeks ago for allegedly bringing his entire team to Sorsogon for a training camp, which is a violation of the government’s health protocols amid the pandemic.

As the UAAP and multiple government agencies continue to investigate the incident, UST also vowed to rebuild its athletic program.

“Rest assured that the University will remain committed to the welfare of the student athletes and that the process of rebuilding the athletic program, particularly that of the Men’s Basketball Team, through compassion and competence, will commence,” the university statement said. – Rappler.com