Luib, Manansala also leave UST as school accepts Ayo's resignation

UST has accepted Aldin Ayo's resignation. Nikki Collantes (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--A statement by the University of Santo Tomas' office of the secretary general on Saturday revealed that McJour Luib and Jinino Manansala also resigned as part of the Growling Tigers' coaching staff just as the school accepted Aldin Ayo's resignation as head coach.

"It is with a heavy heart that the University of Santo Tomas accepts the resignation of Mr. Aldin Ayo, head coach of the UST men's basketball team, together with the resignations of Mr. McJour Luib and Mr. Jinino Manansala as assistant coaches," the UST OSG stated. "The Thomasian community conveys its gratitude to them for their service to the university."

Luib and Manansala have been Ayo's longtime deputies.

Fresh from winning the championship for Letran in 2015, Luib quickly joined Ayo's coaching staff at La Salle prior to the 2016 UAAP season while waiting for the PBA Draft. Luib eventually went undrafted and became an assistant coach full time.

He was tapped by Ayo to join his coaching staff when he was named UST head coach.

On the other hand, Manansala is concurrently St. Clare's head coach even when he accepted the offer to become Ayo's assistant at UST.

Manansala was actually named the head coach for UST's high school team, the Tiger Cubs, last month, just before the bubble drama that started with CJ Cansino's removal from the Growling Tigers began.

Ayo confirmed on Friday night that he already stepped down as the Tigers' head coach just as the UAAP board of trustees is set to either approve or reject the recommended sanctions the league's board of managing directors drafted regarding the team's alleged bubble in his hometown of Capuy, Sorsogon.

UST, in its statement, vowed that it will make major adjustments to its varsity teams following the recent events.

"Rest assured that the university will remain committed to the welfare of the student athletes and that the process of rebuilding athletic programs, particularly that of the men's basketball team, through compassion and competence, will commence," the school added.

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