Curie basketball team cleared to play in state tournament

The Curie High School boys’ basketball team is back in contention for the state title.

The Illinois High School Association said today the team will be allowed to participate in the state tournament after all.

Last week, Chicago Public Schools stripped the top ranked team of all this season’s wins and the city championship due to academic ineligibility.

Coach Mike Oliver was suspended indefinitely.

On Monday, the IHSA announced nine players are eligible to compete, but two starters still can’t play.

Curie plays DuSable Tuesday night at King College.

6 comments

  • Cheryl

    The IHSA is a joke!!!! Most other schools wouldn't get the luxury of getting away with this type of behavior. The IHSA just opened up a whole new can of worms. Mark my words, every other school is going to pull off the same thing and the IHSA will have to allow them compete in playoffs and championships. Why even bother having rules when you don't enforce them? Any other school that gets caught doing what Currie did and then are not allowed to compete in playoffs or championships (in any sport) has every right to sue the IHSA for favoritism and discrimination if they do not receive the same treatment as Currie!

  • John

    Just another example of a bureaucracy out of control. Rule enforcement for some, okay to violate rules and standards for others, with special priveliges extended to them. A school system that should set an example of ethical and moral behavior, sets the complete opposite. And we are to take the Chicago Public System and the IHSA serious. Both organizations get an "F". No one has any back bone anymore, not surprising, this is Chicago and Illinois.

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