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Alapag on coaching Ateneo: ‘It is all speculation’

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Gilas Pilipinas veteran and current Meralco Bolts player Jimmy Alapag denied he is being considered as one of the choices for the next head coaches of the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the UAAP.

“No, I haven’t heard anything. At this point it is all speculation. Like what I said, I have my hands full here (in the PBA) trying to figure out how to help Meralco win basketball games,” Alapag said.

With the off-season for the University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Men’s Basketball division already in full swing for all but two squads, the UAAP coaching carousel has already made waves, with De La Salle University signing former Letran head coach Aldin Ayo to a Php 9,000,000, three-year deal.

For the Ateneo de Manila University, after head coach Bo Perasol expressed his desire – or lack thereof – to return to Katipunan, much of the Ateneo faithful have brought up various names in speculation of who will take over the high-pressure mantle of being head coach.

One of the more prominent names to come up was “the Mighty Mouse” himself, Jimmy Alapag.

The one-time PBA MVP and 2003 Rookie of the Year un-retired earlier this year to play for the Bolts.

“I’ve heard it is going around but I haven’t had any communication,” Alapag added, saying he has not talked to any official or representative from the school.

Ateneo de Manila University officials told Tiebreaker Times that the school is in no rush to find the school’s 38th men’s basketball team’s head coach.

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