Boys Basketball: IHSA says Homewood-Flossmoor can participate in state playoffs
By Pat Disabato email@example.com February 25, 2014 3:10PM
Homewood-Flossmoor's Davon Smith (20) in Flossmoor Friday, December, 6, 2013. | Jim Boyce/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 26, 2014 2:18AM
The IHSA announced Tuesday that Homewood-Flossmoor’s boys basketball team can compete in the state playoffs, which begin Monday.
The investigation was a result of H-F self-reporting violations pertaining to the IHSA’s Athletic Season Limitation Bylaw. The Vikings had organized conditioning programs during the offseason, which isn’t compliant with IHSA Bylaw 2.090.
H-F’s girls basketball program recently found itself in hot water after breaking multiple IHSA bylaws, which resulted in the IHSA ruling the team ineligible for the state playoffs, having to forfeit its 21 victories and coach Anthony Smith being suspended indefinitely. The Vikings were the SouthtownStar’s No. 1 girls team.
“The violations by the (H-F) girls program were far more extensive than the boys’ program,” IHSA executive director Marty Hickman said. “The school has been forthright in admitting the violations and working with the IHSA to correct them. Both of those pieces were critical in the ruling.”
As a result of the investigation, the H-F will be placed on probation for one year and required to submit a comprehensive plan to ensure future compliance with IHSA rules.
H-F released this statement:
“After submitting the findings of our internal investigation of the girls’ basketball team, we were made aware that the interpretation and implementation of our pre-season athletic programs were in violation of IHSA bylaws. Specifically, our violation involved sport-, gender- and level-specific preseason activities.
“We look forward to working with the IHSA as we move forward to correct these issues. We will working with individuals recommended by the IHSA to complete a compliance audit and develop a comprehensive plan to ensure compliance.
“In addition, we will be requesting the IHSA to coordinated professional development activities for our coaches. We have been placed on probation for the duration of one calendar year. This status will allow H-F to compete in all IHSA activities and postseason play, however, it provides for additional and more severe consequences for any future violation. We are grateful for the outcome of this situation and look forward to working closely with the IHSA moving forward.”
H-F (13-11) opens the Class 4A playoffs March 5 against either Lincoln-Way Central or Andrew. The Vikings are seeded No. 6 in the Thornton Sectional.
“I wasn’t really worried. It was a little bit of a relief and a little weight off my shoulders. It would have been disappointing, but now we have to focus on the rest of the season.” H-F center Tai Odiase said.