The Illinois High School Association concluded its investigation of the altercation from the Dec. 20 Leo and Seton Academy boys basketball game and has placed both schools and its coaches -- Seton's Justin Domingo and Leo's Noah Cannon -- on probation for one year.
The two players who were initially responsible for the altercation, one player from each school, have both been suspended indefinitely. The players must complete the NFHS’ online sportsmanship program before they will be considered for reinstatement. Leo athletic director Ed Adams said his player completed the course.
IHSA executive director Marty Hickman said in an IHSA news release that he was disappointed about the incident.
"Frankly, I was even more disturbed afterward to read comments placing blame on the officials for what occurred," Hickman said. "We are failing our young people as teachers and coaches if we provide them with excuses and don’t hold them accountable for their actions."
A video obtained by The Times shows a Seton player punching a Leo player in the closing seconds of the contest. The game was never finished, but Seton was leading 49-47 with 6.6 seconds left. Adams said, as did Leo president Dan McGrath in a Dec. 27 Times article, that he was surprised that both the aggressor and the victim got the same penalty. Adams also said Leo accepts the IHSA's ruling.
"It is clear as day on the tape (someone) hit our kid," Adams said. "I was surprised how we were all lumped together."
When contacted, Seton athletic director Deon Tolliver did not wish to comment.
Both schools will also submit an administrative plan to the IHSA to prevent future incidents from occurring.
"With that said, I think there was leadership shown by the schools, coaches and student-athletes in the time between the game and our meeting," Hickman said. "They recognized the severity of what happened and knew they had to represent their schools and communities better. We expect them both to be exemplary programs the rest of this season and in the future."
The IHSA confirmed on Christmas Eve that both head coaches and multiple players from both teams were suspended for each school’s next contest (each school played Dec. 26). The IHSA investigation was concluded late last week following a conference call between officials from both schools and the IHSA.