Shortly after speaking to a group of students who were visiting lawmakers at the Illinois State Capitol, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn took a few minutes to criticize his alma mater for firing his brother as its basketball coach.
The Chicago Tribune first reported on Quinn's remarks.
“He’s a kind and gentle man who understands the importance of sportsmanship, and I feel that my high school has lost its soul,” Quinn said of his brother, John, who was the head coach at Fenwick (Oak Park) since 1985. “It’s a devastating blow to my brother, John, and I think the administration there has let down the students, the alumni and shame on them.”
Fenwick athletic director Scott Thies released the following statement about Quinn's removal following a 17-8 season:
"Fenwick High School has decided to make a change in its basketball program. As a result, John Quinn will no longer be the head basketball coach. He will, however, continue his duties as a valued member of the Fenwick faculty."
Depending on whether Oregon State decides to retain Craig Robinson, Gov. Quinn's comments might not be the last we hear from a prominent politician about an amateur basketball coach being fired. Robinson is President Barack Obama's brother-in-law.