With tuition fees down and classes being held online due to the coronavirus pandemic, College of Saint Benilde has exercised the force majeure clause on the contracts of its coaches.
Multiple sources closely monitoring the situation confirmed the development to Tiebreaker Times.
In CSB, coaches are given yearly contracts.
Majority of its coaches see the end of their contracts end after their respective NCAA tournament ends. For example, basketball coaches are evaluated for renewal in November, while volleyball coaches are either renewed or let go in March.
According to one of the sources, some second semester coaches saw their contracts end last March, the time when the country was put into quarantine. They were not renewed.
The remaining in-contract coaches were told on Tuesday afternoon via a Zoom meeting that their contracts will be pre-terminated at the end of August.
Saint Benilde gave everyone the guarantee that when everything gets back to normal and sports resume, they will be brought back.
“If everything’s okay, they will bring us back,” said one of the sources, who requested anonymity.
“The other sports were not renewed March pa lang. In some way, we were lucky that we were still getting paid up to this point.”
This gives the coaches a dilemma though.
What about the student-athletes?
The school has guaranteed that it will still honor its athletic scholarships for those who have been enrolled in the school prior to the pandemic. No new recruits will receive scholarships however.
“Paano ‘yung mga players natin? We can’t leave them hanging. It’s a weird situation and they need our guidance also.”
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