Salem, Alejandro tabbed as NU's co-captains (January 06, 2017)
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 Matt Salem (11) and J-Jay Alejandro have been named as NU's co-captains by incoming head coach Jamike Jarin. Josh Albelda, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – There are still nine months to go before the UAAP Season 80 men's basketball tournament, but as early as now, incoming National University head coach Jamike Jarin has already selected J-Jay Alejandro and Matt Salem as the co-captains of the Bulldogs.

Jarin was tapped by NU to replace Eric Altamirano, who resigned after a disappointing Season 79 campaign that saw the Bulldogs miss out on the Final Four just two years after winning a historic UAAP championship.

Jarin, who led San Beda to the NCAA Season 92 title before making the move to the UAAP, inherits a talented line-up that lost only big man Alfred Aroga, the defensive anchor of the Bulldogs and the Finals MVP in Season 77.

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Ildefonso named to Jarin's NU coaching staff (January 06, 2017)
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Danny Ildefonso is set to join Jamike Jarin in National University. Photo by Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – New National University (NU) head coach Jamike Jarin will be joined by a very familiar face on the bench when he leads the Bulldogs to the collegiate wars this year.

Jarin revealed Wednesday in an appearance on "The Score" that NU legend Danny Ildefonso will be part of his coaching staff.

"The face of NU for so many years, the legendary Danny Ildefonso, will be joining our coaching staff," said Jarin.

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 Jarin is bringing in Danny Ildefonso, a former King Bulldog himself, and John Ferriols as members of his coaching staff at NU. Philstar.com/File

MANILA, Philippines – After his title run with San Beda in the NCAA, coach Jamike Jarin brings his act to National U in the UAAP and aims to bring back the bite in the Bulldogs team that missed the playoffs the past season.

“My goal is to make the team more competitive,” said Jarin, who took the place of Eric Altamirano, the long-time coach who quit at the end of Season 79 following the Bulldogs’ exit from the Final Four.

“Of course, we want to make it to the Final Four, make the finals and win a championship. But for now, we have nine months to prepare and see what happens,” he added.

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Mac Belo trusts FEU is in good hands under Olsen Racela (December 23, 2016)
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 Perennial UAAP powerhouse FEU expects a smooth transition into the Olsen Racela era. File photo from Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines — Blackwater rookie and former Far Eastern University standout Mac Belo doesn't doubt that Olsen Racela will excel as head coach of the Tamaraws just as Olsen's younger brother Nash did for four seasons.

FEU announced late Tuesday that it has tapped Olsen to replace Nash, who is now calling the shots for the TNT KaTropa in the PBA. Nash, who led FEU to the UAAP Season 78 championship, will stay on as the Tamaraws' consultant.

Replacing a mentor as beloved as Nash Racela — who changed not just the team's basketball system but even the attitude and mentality of the players — is a tall task for anyone, but Belo is confident Olsen can do it.

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MANILA, Philippines – Former University of Santo Tomas (UST) head coach Pido Jarencio has made it clear that he wants to return his old post with the Growling Tigers.

After confirming to the Varsitarian last week that he wants to return as head coach if the position is vacant, Jarencio is now saying that all the school has to do is to pick up the phone.

"I'm only one call away, I'll be there to save your day," Jarencio tweeted, adding the hashtag "PusoPridePalaban."

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No pressure to deliver for new Tamaraws coach Olsen (December 22, 2016)
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Newly installed Far Eastern U coach Olsen Racela may be handling a team with a winning tradition, but he won’t be hard-pressed to achieve success immediately with the school giving him time to develop better players on and off the court.

Currently one of coach Tim Cone’s assistants with Ginebra in the PBA, the 46-year-old Racela was named head coach of the Tamaraws Tuesday night.

He succeeded younger brother Nash, who steered the Sampaloc, Manila-based school to the UAAP crown in 2015.

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Olsen Racela sees promising future for Ateneo (December 14, 2016)
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 Former Ateneo player Olsen Racela echoed the common sentiment that the Blue Eagles overachieved this season. File photo from Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports.

MANILA, Philippines — Former Blue Eagle Olsen Racela predicts a bright future for the Ateneo men's basketball team, even as he admits that the road to the UAAP Season 80 championship will still go through the De La Salle Green Archers.

Racela was among the 17,000 people at the Araneta Coliseum on December 7 who witnessed the Blue Eagles' final stand against La Salle in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 79 men's basketball finals.

Ateneo bowed to the Green Archers, 79-72, but put up a ferocious fight against the title favorites, rallying back from a double-digit deficit to make it a four-point game in the final quarter.

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