Curie (Chicago), the No. 2 team in the Super 25 boys basketball rankings, has forfeited its 24 wins and city title after a Chicago Public Schools investigation revealed that seven players were academically ineligible since the start of the season. The players were not identified.
“Students whose GPAs fall below 2.0 are ineligible except when they have signed and certified ISP [Independent Study Program] forms,” CPS representative Joel Hood told the Chicago Sun-Times. “In this particular case, they did not have the ISPs on file. We believe that this is a case of the adults letting the students down.”
Curie may still be eligible for the state tournament because CPS and the IHSA have different eligibility requirements. IHSA executive director Marty Hickman said he hopes to make a ruling on Monday, one day before Curie is scheduled to play its first game.
The Sun-Times reports that an anonymous phone call to CPS triggered the investigation hours before Curie outlasted Whitney Young in four overtimes to win the city title on Feb. 21. After Curie's forfeit, Chicago Public Schools will not name a city champion this season.