Dandan is still our coach, says UP dean


Posted at Aug 18 2013 03:40 PM | Updated as of Aug 19 2013 09:38 AM

UP coach Ricky Dandan.Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com


MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED)-- Hours after several media outlets reported that the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons have parted ways with head coach Ricky Dandan, the dean of the UP College of Human Kinetics (CHK) made a contradictory statement.

A source who did not wish to be named had told ABS-CBNnews.com Dadan resigned on Saturday, days after the UP Fighting Maroons absorbed their eighth consecutive loss in the UAAP Season 76 men's basketball tournament.

But a report on the UAAP website quoted UP CHK Dean Prof. Ronualdo Dizer as saying that "As far as I'm concerned, Ricky Dandan is still our coach."

Dizer said he has not received a letter of resignation from Dandan, who has helmed the Fighting Maroons for the past three seasons.

Journalist Rick Olivares, who writes a column for ABS-CBNnews.com, posted on his website that a "well-placed source" informed him that the UP Chancellor will announce on Monday that Dandan is still the Fighting Maroons' coach.

Dizer and UP Chancellor Dr. Caeser Salma represent the university in the UAAP Board.

"My UP source quotes the Chancellor as saying that since Dandan did not resign and team management did not clear the movement with the UP administration, it will be status quo," Olivares wrote on his blog Sunday night.

UP forward JR Gallarza also tweeted on Sunday: "On behalf of the basketball team and in the defense and respects towards our former coach and the staff, Coach Ricky did not quit."

Dandan has compiled a 3-33 record in his three seasons as head coach of the UP Fighting Maroons. They were 2-12 in his debut season and 1-13 last year, but have lost all eight games they have played in Season 76.

Last Thursday, the young Maroons led by 11 points in the second quarter against Ateneo but were swamped in the second half, eventually losing 67-59.

Dandan has not posted on his Twitter account since Saturday night, when he tweeted: "made a mistake trusting people #engot."

His son, Mark, who is also an assistant coach with UP, has been active on social media, however.

Mark stressed on his Twitter account that his father did not "quit," saying that his family "doesn't believe in that word."

"Don't believe what anonymous sources say. That's why they like to be anonymous," he also tweeted.