It took four overtimes for the Curie High School boys basketball team to win the city championship. It took only one investigation to take it away.
Chicago Public Schools says several students on the team were not academically eligible to not only not play in the championship game but for the entire season. The teams 24 -1 record quickly turned to 0-25. And their championship win with it.
CPS immediately suspended coach Michael Oliver. Oliver told the Chicago Tribune he was confident the CPS’s eligibility investigation would show no wrong doing.
In a statement the CPS says in part, “As adults, educators and mentors, it is our responsibility to teach our students right from wrong and, unfortunately, the adults let these student athletes down by failing to do that and comply with CPS policies.”
Despite the findings of the investigation the team can still play in the state tournament due to different eligibility standards. Who will coach the team however is not known.