‘USC vs. Tiukinhoy’

CONTROVERSIES continue to rock the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi).

This time, school officials, parents and the coaching staff of the University of San Carlos Baby Warriors want the disqualification of Scott Aying lifted, and commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy Jr. to ask for public apology from the team before the start of their next game.

These are just two of the six conditions the signatories want in their petition for investigation and re-evaluation submitted to the Cesafi executive board last Aug. 5.

The problem started when the screening committee, headed by Tiukinhoy, disqualified Aying, a returnee to the Cesafi, from playing in the high school tournament two weeks after he was cleared earlier.

“We are all thankful that all 15 players submitted qualified to play in this prestigious Cesafi tournament. Come Aug, 2 about 4 p.m., USC college coach (Julian) Macoy handed to us a letter from the Cesafi screening committee addressed to our director Fr. Felino Javines Jr., stating that our player Scott Aying is disqualified to play this season for violation of Section 5 of the high school eligibility rule,” the petition said.

Cesafi’s action according to the letter humiliated and disrespected Aying, the school, the team and their supporters.

Section 5 of the Cesafi eligibility rule is the provision requiring transferees from Cesafi member schools to serve a two-year residency.

However, USC says the rule can’t be applied since Aying is from San Beda College, a Manila-school.

For his part Tiukinhoy told Sun.Star Cebu that he was just implementing the rules.

“My job as the commissioner is to implement the rules of the league. Those are not my rules but came from the board. On Scott Aying’s case, although San Beda is not a member school of Cesaf but he came from and played for a member school before he went to San Beda,” Tiukinhoy said.

According to Tiukinhoy, the screening committee took into consideration the complaints they received about Aying’s eligibility after they initially allowed the player to pass the screening.

“Upon further look, we found out that Aying was part of the 2011 Don Bosco Greywolves team, meaning he will have to serve one more year of residency before he will be eligible play. His transfer to San Beda did not expunge his record as a player for Don Bosco, a member school of Cesafi.

So he needs to serve his residency. I have to implement the rule even because I’ll be damned if I don’t and I’ll be damned if I do,” Tiukinhoy said.

The case of Mark Jayven Tallo could not be considered the same though.

“The case of Tallo is not the same. Although he also transferred from Manila, he did not play for any Cesafi (college) member school before going back. And the last time he played for Cesafi was in 2009 with the Cebu Institute of Technology-University high school team. We don’t have any rules regarding transferees from Manila school either,” Tiukinhoy said.

The USC Baby Warriors lost their opening game to the University of the Visayas Baby Lancers last Aug. 3 but came up with a masterful win over the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars last Aug. 10.
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