In the aftermath of last weeks postgame skirmish between Simeon and Morgan Park that led to a 17-year-old student being shot and killed, Chicago Public Schools has reportedly suspended Wolverines head coach Robert Smith and Mustangs head coach Nick Irvin four games. Roy and Harv Schmidt of Illinois Prep Bulls-Eye originally broke the story.
The suspensions will keep Smith off the sidelines for Wednesday nights game against Bogan, Saturdays nationally televised showdown on ESPNU with Whitney Young, which, ironically enough, is set to be held on Chicago State's campus. Smith will also miss the Wolverines' contest with Harlan and a game in Las Vegas against Coronado.
Irvin will miss the Mustangs' contests against Julian on Wednesday, Carver on Thursday, Bogan on Jan. 28 and Harlan Jan. 30.
The Chicago Public Schools have not officially confirmed the suspensions and neither coach has commented on the situation. CSNChicago.com will bring you more information on this developing situation as it becomes available.
Illinois and head coach Lovie Smith added another piece to the Fighting Illini Class of 2017 late last night when Prospect two-star ranked offensive tackle Alex Palczewski (6-foot-6, 270 pounds) gave Illinois his verbal commitment.
"I felt extremely comfortable at Illinois," Palczewski told Orange and Blue News publisher Doug Buschon last night. "I know with Coach Lovie Smith there, that program is going to go sky high. We're going to win."
Palczewski, who flew under most recruiting radar screens missed his entire 2015 junior season because of an injury is now the 20th known verbal commitment in the Illinois Class of 2017 and the ninth known in-state commitment.
It's been a steady climb up the recruiting ladder for Prairie Ridge junior quarterback Samson Evans this winter.
Evans, who took part in last Monday's Edgy Tim Underclassmen Showcase powered by EFT Football Academy, took a few minutes to fill us in on his latest recruiting news, including receiving early offers from the likes of Illinois, Iowa and Syracuse.
He also described Prairie Ridge's run to a Class 6A state title last year.
Check out the interview in the video above.