Crack Ateneo recruit can’t play until 2015 season


Ateneo’s prized basketball recruit won’t see action yet as the UAAP Board voted to uphold yesterday the new residency rule that requires high school players transferring to a member school for college to sit it out for two years.

The new rule takes effect in Season 76, starting this June, leaving Jerie Pingoy—the former Far Eastern University juniors star who moved to Ateneo—to wait until 2015 before he can showcase his wares in the men’s basketball tournament.

But following the vote, the board agreed to add several clauses “to soften up” the controversial rule, which became the subject of a Senate hearing two weeks ago.

“We’re going to finalize the guidelines this month,” UAAP president Nilo Ocampo told the Inquirer after the board meeting yesterday. “Majority of the members are now open to suggestions to soften up the rule.”

Another UAAP official said among the guidelines being studied is the “release clause,” where an athlete may not be required to serve a two-year residency if his high school allows him to transfer to a member-school for college.

“The Board is working on the explanatory rules on the application of the said residency requirement,” the UAAP said in a statement.

The league placed the new residency requirement—which covers all sports—under a vote anew after Sen. Pia Cayetano summoned the UAAP board to a hearing. She described the rule as an “unreasonable limit on an athlete’s freedom of choice and academic freedom to decide which college to enter into.”

Cayetano had said she intends to “explore legal options” if the league implements the rule this season.

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  • Tommy

    Wow, that’s an extremely harsh rule. 2 years is insane.

  • Romeo Padre Orio

    the rule is as selfish n myopic as the board n schools they represent. no one can stop a student-scholar from transfering on the reason of his scholarship, according to the de guzman v. arellano university case decided on by the supreme court. some short-sighted schools use student-athletes as advertisement medium for their schools. don’t they have anything else to use in advertising? napakinabangan na nila ung atleta habang binabayaran ang tuition nya, so ano pa ba ang dapat bayaran sa kanila? too backward a thinking!

    also, if the schools think of the investment as wasted on training athletes, well that’s the risk they have to take as investors just like in any business investment! there is always that risk of student-athletes transfering to another n better school. kung ayaw nyo ng risk, then don’t grant scholarships! the universities or their reps can not stop students transfering to another school as it is a matter of academic freedom for the students to choose the best for them. it is not even a transfer since the students are high school graduates going to college or university. wala nang paki-alam ng uaap school doon sa decision! what a thick face, huh! obviously n sadly, some universities think like vocational schools…. what a pity state of mind just because of selfish interests n myopic mindsets of schools n their sports representatives!

  • ting0508

    Let’s be realistic guys, playing and studying for Ateneo is a world apart from playing and studying at FEU. Ateneo is world class school while FEU is just a diploma mill school!

  • ting0508

    Well if the UAAP board keeps on blocking the moves of Sen Pia, this inutile 2 year residency rule can be simply rendered moot by asking either a status quo ante or TRO from the Supreme Court. And since it infringes the basic human right of an individual freedom to choose, the SC will have no problem issuing a TRO. And the UAAP board will just be a laughing stock from now on.

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