Sunday, May 12, 2013

UAAP Amends Controversial Two-Year Residency Rule Ahead Of Season 76 Opening

INQUIRER.net reports that in advance of its Season 76 opening on June 29 the UAAP has amended its new and ultra-controversial two-year residency rule for high school graduates transferring from one member-school to another for college, dubbed the "Jerie Pingoy rule" after the former FEU-FERN Baby Tamaraw and two-time UAAP Juniors MVP who has joined the Ateneo Blue Eagles.

From the UAAP statement:
The UAAP Board of Trustees, at its Annual Board Meeting held on April 24, with all of the member universities duly represented, promulgated and approved the following explanatory rule to the two-year residency requirement effective UAAP Season 76 (School Year 2013-2014):

An incoming collegiate athlete who is a high school graduate from a UAAP member university and enrolled in another member university shall take a mandatory two-year residency, except when a prior release is issued by the member university for the athletes concerned.

The two-year residency from high school to college shall cover incoming student athletes effective UAAP Season 76 (School Year 2013-2014). The release form shall be duly signed by any UAAP board member of the member university concerned.
It's essentially the "Soc Rivera rule"—named after another former FEU-FERN star—albeit two years long. (What is it with these Baby Tams?)

While I'm glad the league's Rules Committee and Board of Trustees have heard the call of various quarters for the new rule to be changed, this new development will likely open the doors for further shenanigans. Does anyone think, given all that has transpired (not to mention the likely bad blood), that Pingoy's old school will issue his release paperslet alone release him in time to be eligible to play for Ateneo in UAAP Season 76or do so without any "consideration"?


[13 May 2013 Edit]

Sportswriter Joey S. Villar is reporting that per Ateneo’s board representative Ricky Palou, the amendment is still a proposal, although it will probably be approved during the Board's next meeting on May 18.

Well the league has already released a statement, so the amendment is likely a fait accompli.

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