Monday, March 1st, 2010 at 12:56 pm  |  15 responses

St. Pat’s suspended from NJ Tournament

As reported by Matthew Stanmyre of nj.com and the Star-Ledger, St. Patrick High School’s appeal for injunctive relief was denied this morning by a federal court in Newark, New Jersey.  This will prematurely end the season for St. Pat’s with a record of 26-3, and prevent the team from competing in the state tournament. In addition to concluding St. Patrick’s defense of their 2009 Tournament of Champions title, Coach Kevin Boyle was suspended for three games and the school will be under probation for the next two years.  The court’s decision is the result of charges that Coach Boyle was present at open gym workouts prior to the official commencement of the season.

Our own Franklyn Calle wrote about this controversy last week and was not feeling the state’s efforts…

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    Sadly unsurprising.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    That’s balls.

  • Hussman25

    Coaches pop in and out of “open gym’s” all the time; when I was in H.S. our HS coach used to peak his head in every now and again… this sounds deeper than what it is… Too bad

  • underdog

    It’s just sad. Those kids are just victims of the system. Let them boys play, and punish just the coach.

  • KCremin14

    Sorry i don’t get it….open gym workouts?and he cant be there?

  • henry

    ok so help me out, what exactly happened that made them deserve this?

  • dw24

    My coach comes to open gym. We don’t run offense or anything we just work out and play pick up games. That’s wrong?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    my coach always helps us out at open gyms and nobody cared, this is just stupid

  • baden

    Im glad they have such good rules for high school basketball, it really seems to be helping the athletes.

  • baden

    Im glad they have such good rules for high school basketball, it really seems to be helping the athletes.

  • ktokyo

    yeah. To serve and protect…players from their coaches.

  • http://slamonline.com Dave

    +1 baden

  • Skawt

    This only happened because of the high profile status of St. Patrick. If some little school did this nobody would care its ashame

  • Cizzo

    Only the Nationaly ranked teams go thru this type crusifiction. I hope they’re watching every high school in the country are under the sae microscope? Or is it only defending title holders, the kids in that program don’t deserve to be treated in this fashion, the coah of course from a professional standpoint but the student atheletes it’s not fair!

  • billy oosting

    this is not fair to the athletes. sure go ahead and fire/suspend the coach. But to not let the kids go and defend they’re title is just ridicules.