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It looks like it's fait accompli that Bo Perasol will be the Ateneo Blue Eagles' head coach starting next season.
The former Powerade Tigers mentor asked for, and has just been granted, a release from his coaching contract by GlobalPort, the outfit that recently acquired Powerade's PBA franchise.
Perasol was the first choice of the search committee tasked to find the replacement for current Blue Eagles head coach Norman Black, who will be leaving at the end of UAAP Season 75 to once again coach in the Philippine Basketball Association. He was already offered the job.
I expect Ateneo to make a formal announcement soon, although even without it Perasol has been seen around the team. He wore blue to the Ateneo-La Salle game last month and was photographed sitting in the Blue Eagles' side of the arena, fueling speculations that he will indeed be the one calling the shots next year. He has also gone on record as saying, "I don’t think, right now, that there’s going to be a better program than Ateneo and I want to be a part of that."