Arellano University and Angeles University Foundation (AUF) in UAAP

Arellano University and Angeles University Foundation (AUF) have also expressed willingness to be part of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) should the league decide to expand next year.

A reliable UAAP source yesterday said the two schools have already sent formal application letter to the league, becoming two of the four universities on the league’s expansion list.

Both the Arellano and AUF, the source said, had formally and officially expressed their intention to join UAAP even before they became part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as guest teams along with Emilio Aguinaldo College. The source did not reveal the fourth school.

Arellano and AUF officials couldn’t be reached for comment.

“Their application has been sent way, way back,” said the source, who occupies a seat in the powerful UAAP board. “As far as I can remember, these schools have made their application official by sending us letter. That’s how far I can remember.”

“But it’s been a very long time. Since they are now in the NCAA, maybe they already had a change of heart.”

The other team, according to UAAP Anton Montinola of Far Eastern University, is NCAA heavyweight San Beda College, this year’s NCAA host which will gain its university status in the next school year.

San Beda had flirted with the idea of transferring to the country’s glamor league after the NCAA almost barred its rookie, Elvin Jake Pascual, from seeing action last year. And a year before, the league slapped Yousif Aljamal with a two-game suspension for joining the PBA Annual Draft. Julius Manicad

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