Curie High School basketball team to forfeit all wins, city championship

A CPS investigation found that seven Curie High School players were academically ineligible to compete since the start of the season.
March 1, 2014 5:34:32 AM PST
The result of a Chicago Public Schools investigation means the Curie High School varsity basketball team will have to forfeit all of its wins this year.

Curie won the city championship. It will also have to forfeit that title, but under state rules, Curie can compete in the state tournament.

The CPS investigation found that seven players were academically ineligible to compete since the start of the season.

Seven players of the No. 2 ranked high school basketball team in the country were found to be academically ineligible since the start of the season in an investigation by Chicago Public Schools. Effective immediately, the city title has been vacated and there will be no titlist this year.

A week ago Friday, Curie beat Whitney Young in four overtimes to win the city crown at Chicago State. Dolphins head coach Tyrone Slaughter says he would not accept the trophy if offered. The problem, CPS says, is that individual study papers for each student, which would have allowed them to play, were not filed by administrators at Curie. Effective immediately, Curie head coach Michael Oliver has been suspended from coaching for a period to be determined by CPS CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett.

The condors are still eligible at this hour for the state basketball tournament that begins on Monday. OFFICALS at the IHSA say they will review the information and will make a determination as to whether the nation's 2nd best scholastic basketball team can play for the state title.

City schools require students to maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, and IHSA says students must be passing 5 courses and achieving a minimum of 2.5 credits at the time of the tournament.

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