A key official of the University of the Philippines (UP) said on Friday that Bo Perasol remains head coach of the Fighting Maroons, disproving reports of his resignation.
In a statement, College of Human Kinetics Dean Francis Diaz said that Perasol has not tendered any resignation letter, and added that there are formal processes in finding the next Maroon mentor.
"UP has formal processes in selecting varsity coaches. Right now Coach Bo is still the UPMBT head coach and he has not resigned."
"We are formally refuting news articles that came out with regards to Coach Bo's coaching status in UP MBT," said Diaz.
"Lastly, the entire UP community (officials, varsity program, UP MBT and the alumni) is bereaving with Coach Bo on the recent passing of her mother due to COVID-19," he added.
Per several reports, Perasol tendered his resignation to become the team's next team manager, while former NU Bullpups tactician Goldwin Monteverde was rumored to replace Perasol.
Atty. Agaton Uvero, team manager and chairman of Nowhere to Go But UP (NTGBUP), a major backer of the squad, echoed the sentiments of Diaz.
"That's not how the UP system works as there are formal processes required to make such a decision. Status quo remains and Coach Bo has not resigned, NEITHER HAS HE BEEN REMOVED. UP has not even allowed varsity teams to meet and practice. Currently, the team is grieving as Coach Bo's mom just died last night," Uvero told ESPN5.com in a message.
When sought for comment, Perasol relayed a message from NTGBUP's Renan Dalisay denying said reports.
"From the news coming out about UP and Coach Bo, I can only say that all of them are fake news. Coach Bo is currently mourning with the entire Team over the passing of his mother last night. Besides, that's not how the UP system works. We are going through a process. Not to leak the story from an unnamed source. It's still status quo today and UP has not even allowed varsity teams to meet and practice. Obviously, it looks like he's not from UP who is releasing that. That's it," responded Perasol.
The team also expressed its condolences following the untimely passing of Perasol's mother, Beth.
"The UP Men's Basketball Team would like to extend its heartfelt condolences to Coach Bo Perasol and his family on the passing of their mother, Beth Perasol. We offer our prayers for her eternal rest and peace," read the statement.
The management, staff, and players of the UP Men's Basketball Team express their heartfelt condolences and sympathy to Coach Bo Perasol and his family on the passing of their beloved mother Beth Perasol. We request for prayers for the eternal repose of her soul. pic.twitter.com/mIZSHY0Aky— UP Fighting Maroons (@upmbt) June 18, 2021