Jao upbeat on new role as UAAP commissioner

by Joey Villar, philstar.com

Posted at Jun 16 2011 07:46 PM | Updated as of Jul 14 2011 02:37 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- Two decades after serving as commissioner the now-dormant Philippine Basketball League, Andy Jao is back to his old job -- this time as steward of the 74th University Athletic Association of the Philippines basketball tournament, which unfolds on July 9.

"Mature," Jao described his season-long tenure in the UAAP, his first job as commissioner since taking over the helm of the PBL from 1989 to 1990.

He will be taking over from Ato Badolato.

Jao, currently Rain or Shine's team consultant and a part-time television analyst, said being UAAP commissioner is a lot different than his previous job in the PBL.

"I was a bit younger then with all these dreams, it was really different," he said. "In the PBL, I was also handling the day-to-day operations of the league and talking to the board of governors constantly.”

"I know it’s going to be tough being the UAAP commissioner but I hope to be able to sail through it properly because my motto is he who deserves to win will win. And besides, I don't want headaches because it’s just a three- or four-month job," Jao added.

Jao's said his first order would be to recommend to the UAAP board some experienced referees from the pool of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, where his long-time friend Renauld "Sonny" Barrios is serving as executive director.