Friday, February 12, 2010

Top New Jersey team ineligible for playoffs

The PIAA does not have rules regarding coaches attending open gyms during the offseason. New Jersey does.

ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. (AP) — St. Patrick, one of New Jersey’s top high school boys basketball teams, will not be allowed to compete in the state tournament.
The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association’s executive committee voted Friday to bar St. Patrick and suspend its coach, Kevin Boyle, for three games for being present during workouts before the season’s official start.
The workouts, held for the benefit of college coaches, were secretly videotaped by an NJSIAA investigator looking into alleged recruiting violations. None were found.
An attorney for the school argued that the NJSIAA trespassed, invaded privacy and did not notify the school it was under investigation, but the appeal was denied.
St. Patrick was 18-2 going into its Friday night game.

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