Seton coach calls IHSA investigation 'defective'

2013-04-12T16:15:00Z 2013-05-15T11:33:08Z Seton coach calls IHSA investigation 'defective'Times Staff nwitimes.com
April 12, 2013 4:15 pm  • 

Seton boys basketball coach Brandon Thomas released a statement Friday calling the Illinois High School Association's investigation of the March 9 Class 2A state championship between Seton Academy and Harrisburg "defective."

"In its press release, the IHSA impugns the integrity and character of my program without justification," Thomas said in a press release. "The investigation was defective and it appears that IHSA decided the conclusions before the investigation ever began."

Seton players said Harrisburg players used racial slurs during the championship game. The IHSA investigation was unable to corroborate those allegations, but did not dispute the claims. Harrisburg won the game 50-44.

The Sting later forfeited the second-place trophy when Thomas took his team off the floor after they received their medals.

In its report, IHSA executive director Marty Hickman had called the actions of both teams and the game officials "ugly and embarrassing."

The IHSA passed down sanctions Wednesday barring Thomas from the next two postseasons and placing him on probation for the 2013-14 school year. Harrisburg coach Randy Smithpeters is barred from coaching in the 2013-14 postseason, unless he successfully completes a behavior training program. Smithpeters is also on probation for the 2013-14 season.

The game officials were reprimanded for failing to enforce the bench conduct rules during the game.

Seton Academy principal Marianne Lynch said Thursday the school will not appeal the sanctions issued by the IHSA.

Times staff writer Laura Lane contributed to this report.

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