Former national coach Joe Lipa, who led University of the Philippines to its first UAAP championship in the modern era back in 1986 with players like Benje Paras, Ronnie Magsanoc and Eric Altamirano, has weighed in on conversations regarding the immediate future of the Fighting Maroons.
This after the UP Maroons, beefed up by Benjie Paras’ son Kobe and former La Salle star Ricci Rivero, twice bowed to the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers in the stepladder semifinals of UAAP Season 82 weeks ago, missing a chance to arrange a rematch with last year’s co-finalist and tormentor Ateneo.
Game 2 of the Ateneo-UP title series is an hour away from posting time.
“Coaching is never a popularity contest,” said Lipa. “I know this myself as I’ve been cursed and vilified so many times on the way to our championship in the UAAP.”
Lipa counseled the UP community that it would be “best to take a break from the heat of the UAAP and step back and wait till heads and our visions are clearer. Then we can plan how to win in Season 83.”
The mercurial mentor also advised UP coach Bo Perasol and his coaching staff to hang in there “and not make any drastic moves.” (TST)