Young coach Tyrone Slaughter has been suspended from all coaching activities as a result of a practice held at Burr Ridge Middle School on November 12, 2010.
According a Chicago Sun-Times report, Slaughter was been suspended from all team events and cannot contact the team’s players and coaches until February 14, the school will be on probation until January 1, 2012.
“This was not an event that came together at a moment’s notice,” Marty Hickman, IHSA Executive Director, said in a statement. “Young’s basketball program had ample time to seek clearance from its athletic administration, high school administration or from the IHSA. Had they done so, they would have been notified that a practice of this nature violates the IHSA Recruiting Bylaws, specifically 3.071 and 3.073.”
The Sun-Times revealed the practice on December 9.
According to an IHSA press release, Young could not hold a practice at their facilities on Nov. 12 and held a practice at Burr Ridge Middle School on the way to a team event.
Slaughter confirmed that the practice happened, but didn’t admit that the practice broke any rules.
“It’s not against the rules,” Slaughter told the Sun-Times. “There is no rule against it. There is nothing.”
“This practice violated the IHSA recruiting by-laws and would have done so even if none of the attendees were basketball players,” added Hickman in the IHSA statement. “The fact Whitney Young traveled some 20 miles from its campus to conduct a practice, with an audience which was made up almost exclusively of middle school basketball players was especially troubling. A school’s administration can market its programs, but it has to be done in the overall context of the school’s academic and extracurricular programs. This event was conducted by the coach and only provided the attendees with the opportunity to learn about Whitney Young’s boys basketball program.”
An official complaint by Hinsdale South was filed with the IHSA back in December.
Hickman did acknowledge that there was no evidence that any particular players were recruited.