Cellar-dwelling UP Maroons sack Dandan, hire Madrid


A TEAMMATE of PBA greats Benjie Paras and Rey Magsanoc in the crack University of the Philippines squad that won the 1986 UAAP championship has taken over the helm of the troubled Maroons.

Rey Madrid yesterday replaced Ricky Dandan as head coach of the University of the Philippines in its bid to turn around the Maroons’ pitiful run in the men’s basketball tournament.

The Maroons remain winless in eight games in what’s turning out to be a season no different from their woeful campaigns in recent years.

Sources confirmed the mid-season coaching change even as Ronnie Dizer, UP’s representative to the UAAP board, said the coaching staff’s performance remains “under evaluation.”

In 2010, the Maroons also replaced coach Aboy Castro with Boyet Fernandez in the middle of the tournament.

Dandan took over from Fernandez in 2011, but the Maroons continued to struggle with a 3-33 win-loss record in the last three seasons.

The UP team that included Paras, Magsanoc and Madrid turned out to be the school’s last champion squad.

Madrid later mentored the UP seniors team in the early ’90s.

Dandan last called the shots against Ateneo on Thursday where the Maroons absorbed a 59-67 setback after blowing a double-digit advantage, 33-22, in the first half.

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  • aardman

    Unang una, kung gusto talagang manalo ng U.P., kailangang magrecruit sila ng magagaling na player, kahit bobo. Pangalawa, kailangang handa silang magbayad ng under di table. Kung hindi nila kayang ibasura ang mga prinsipyo nila, di huwag na mangarap. Okey lang yung araw-araw talunan, Basketbol lang iyan. Walang basketbolero na makakapagaling ng cancer. Walang basketbolero na magiimbento ng internet.

  • Joey Sanchez

    UP is full of scholars! Very intelligent. BUT they re not just intelligent enough to know that this basketball is a money oiled sports which UP cannot catch up with these HIGHLY FINANCE BASKETBALL SCHOOLS!

  • rickysgreyes

    There is this really talented young Coach in Ateneo Grade School named Eric Luz. Hire him.

  • Gilas_boy

    timely move from UP…

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