Friday, Feb. 4, 2011
1:32 p.m.By Michael O'Brien
Young coach Tyrone Slaughter has been suspended from all coachingactivities until Feb. 14, according to IHSA Executive Director MartyHickman. Young is also on probation until Jan. 1, 2012. Thepenalties are the result of the IHSA's investigation into Young's boysbasketball practice at Burr Ridge Middle School on Nov. 12, 2010. Slaughter is suspended from all team events, including contact with players and coaches.
Thiswas not an event that came together at a moments notice, Hickman saidin a statement. Youngs basketball program had ample time to seekclearance from its athletic administration, high school administrationor from the IHSA. Had they done so, they would have been notified thata practice of this nature violates the IHSA Recruiting Bylaws,specifically 3.071 and 3.073.
The practice was first revealed in the Sun-Times on Dec. 9.Slaughterconfirmedthat the practice happened, but didn't give a specific reason why.According to the IHSA media release, Young had a conflict at its campusgym on Nov. 12 and practiced at Burr Ridge Middle School on the way toa team event. "It's not against the rules," Slaughter said. "There is no rule against it. There is nothing."Burr Ridge Middle School Principal Julie Bartell said the practice was "an opportunity for our students."Thispractice violated the IHSA recruiting by-laws and would have done soeven if none of the attendees were basketball players, added Hickman.The fact Whitney Young traveled some 20 miles from its campus toconduct a practice, with an audience which was made up almostexclusively of middle school basketball players was especiallytroubling. A schools administration can market its programs, but ithas to be done in the overall context of the schools academic andextracurricular programs. This event was conducted by the coach andonly provided the attendees with the opportunity to learn about WhitneyYoungs boys basketball program.With that said, we did not find evidence that any particular players were recruited, as was previously alleged.
Hinsdale South filed an official complaint with the IHSA in December.
Friday, Feb. 4, 2011