ATENEO hopes Hubert Cani gets to take the floor in the UAAP men’s basketball opening weekend as it pushes for the inclusion of the prized recruit in the Blue Eagles’ roster.
Ricky Palou, Ateneo’s representative to the UAAP Board, said yesterday it’s only “reasonable” to field Cani this season after President Aquino signed Republic Act No. 10676—also known as the Student-Athletes Protection Act—which includes the scrapping of the two-year residency rule for student-athletes.
“The reason why that law was passed is because the rule is not fair and unjust for student-athletes,” said Palou. “They passed the law, so why are we still sticking to the old rule?”
President Aquino has signed into law the measure that dissolves a controversial residency rule for student-athletes just a week before the UAAP men’s basketball tournament kicks off.
The President signed Republic Act No. 10676, which scraps the UAAP’s two-year residency rule for high school student-athletes transferring to a different school for college.
Sen. Pia Cayetano, the main proponent of the bill, said the “UAAP residency issue will now be put to rest” after the President signed the bill Wednesday.
A lawyer will be at the helm of this season’s UAAP basketball action.
Rene “Rebo” Saguisag Jr. has been appointed as commissioner of the league’s three basketball divisions starting with the men’s tournament on Sept. 5 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“We wanted somebody who is young and dynamic, and at the same time, qualified,” said UAAP secretary treasurer Ronnie Dizer of Season 78 host University of the Philippines.
For a month now, Dan Alberto and the UE Red Warriors were bracing for the worst.
Seeing an irregularity with the 22-year-old’s playing years, coach Derrick Pumaren sought the UAAP Board and asked the eligibility committee to convene on Alberto’s eligibility.
“Just to be sure that he has not exhausted all of his playing years, we sought the UAAP eligibility committee to check it,” Pumaren said.
MANILA, Philippines – Former Ateneo star Chris Newsome expects great things from the Blue Eagles in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball tournament, especially from their graduating players including Kiefer Ravena and Von Pessumal.
Ateneo was the top seed in the Final Four in Season 77, but fell to eventual champions National University in the semi-finals.
Newsome had an impressive campaign, making it to the Mythical Five after averaging 14 points and eight rebounds per game.
Season 77 first runner-up Far Eastern University will be marching into the coming UAAP men's basketball tournament with their finals loss in mind.
The Tamaraws were close to clinching the UAAP title against National University last year, but the Bulldogs won the series and the crown, 2-1.
In an interview on "The Score," coach Nash Racela and his players talked about their plans of getting back into title contention this coming Season 78. - ABS-CBN Sports+Action, The Score, Aug. 18, 2015
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Pia Cayetano on Tuesday lashed out at the UAAP Board for its "arrogance and immaturity" following their decision to bar Ateneo de Manila University's Hubert Cani from playing in the Season 78 men's basketball tournament.
The UAAP Board confirmed on Monday that Cani still cannot play for the Blue Eagles despite serving one year of residency, and despite the passage of the Student-Athletes Protection Act earlier this year.
The UAAP Board argued that the law cannot be applied retroactively, and thus, Cani is still covered by the controversial two-year residency rule.