ANY day now, or even before this gets published, the penalty for the University of Sto. Tomas’ (UST) ill-advised training bubble will be handed down. There are a lot of speculations on what it would be, but what got me interested is that among the punishments being eyed is a blanket ban on UST’s athletics program.
Why punish the other programs for the sins of UST’s basketball coach? For me, that would be really unfair. Sure, it happened before to La Salle, but that doesn’t make it right, right?
At a time when athletic scholarships are most needed, we can’t force a school like UST to suspend its other programs for a year just because its basketball coach made a mistake. That would be very unjust.
I mean, just the other day, we heard of announcements of promising Cebuano football and volleyball players joining the UST program. They don’t deserve to sit out a year for things that are beyond their control. Neither does the rest of the UST athletic program.
I hope whoever hands down the punishment will consider that. Keep it in basketball. Heck, if they want to send a message and suspend the basketball team for a year, or even two, then let them do so, but limit the damage to the basketball team.
What if La Salle cries foul? Well, let them. I think the La Salle punishment was also too much and meting a similar punishment on UST simply means the league will be following the wrong precedent.
UST’s basketball players are jumping ship in anticipation of a suspension, while some say the days of coach Aldin Ayo at UST are numbered. I think if there is anyone who should bear the brunt of the penalty, it should be Ayo, not some rookie footballer who is just excited to live his dream as a member of the UST team.
I know hindsight is 20/20 but the latest developments must have made the coach wish that he didn’t initiate the training bubble last June or that he handled the CJ Cansino issue differently when it first came out.
That the whole saga stemmed from bad food shows this could have been all avoided had the people in charge acted prudently.
But well, that’s water under the bridge, but I am pointing this out since I hope the people that will be handing down the punishments will also act prudently, and not punish those who are not part of the basketball program.