MANILA, Philippines – Bo Perasol's next tour of duty may bounce him from being a successor to Norman Black at Ateneo to serving as a consultant at University of the Philippines (UP).
A highly placed source today told The STAR that Perasol is being eyed by the group close to sports patron and telecommunication magnate Manny V. Pangilinan to be transferred to the Maroons, where he will join head coach Ricky Dandan as a team consultant.
"Consultant actually but it is still being talked about and [there’s] no decision yet," the same source privy to Pangilinan's close circle told The STAR.
It has been an open secret in the past few months that Perasol will take over from Black, who will coach the Talk N' Text Tropang Texters after the UAAP, as Ateneo mentor and has reportedly signed a three-year deal with the Eagles.
But the waters got muddied after Pangilinan, who was instrumental in the hiring of the former Powerade Tigers mentor at Ateneo, severed his ties with the Katipunan-based, Jesuit-ran school.
The source, however, did not comment whether or not Perasol – who played and eventually served as team captain of UP where he suited up from 1990-1995 – will eventually take over from Dandan, who has been at the helm for two straight years now.
Under Dandan, the Maroons have compiled three wins in 28 games in seasons considered as developing years since most of their players are relatively young and UP's new recruitment program is just on an infant stage.
"We have to wait for the decision first," said the source.
Interestingly, Pangilinan has recently pledged P5 million to UP right after his decision to part ways with Ateneo, the school he helped with limitless funding resulting to several UAAP championships.
Some of the money pledged by Pangilinan is expected to be used in beefing up a team that has been a laughing stock in UAAP basketball, having finished dead last in the last four years and five of the last six seasons.
With Pangilinan around, and perhaps Perasol at the Maroons' bench, UP may be on its way to ending a long, alarming drought and winning its first senior basketball championship since going all the way in 1986.