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Monday, January 10, 2011
IHSA to rule on Maine South this week

By Scott Powers

The Illinois High School Association board met with Maine South administrators Monday to discuss the creation and distribution of counterfeit sideline passes and the postgame conduct of the school's football coaches during the Class 8A state football championship in November.

The IHSA board expects to hand out a penalty later this week.

Maine South principal Shawn Messmer, athletic director Steve Adams, assistant athletic director Jaret Kirshner and football coach David Inserra attended the meeting.

"We appreciate the cooperation of Maine South and its administration since these incidents occurred," IHSA executive director Marty Hickman said in a statement. "They were genuinely sorry and recognized that these negatives have overshadowed the great positive they achieved in winning a state title.

"They also provided a well thought out plan to prevent these types of abuses from occurring in the future. I will complete additional follow-up with the school on some questions raised by our board in the coming days and then review all the applicable information before making a ruling on an appropriate penalty. I intend to have that ruling to the school later this week and will have no further comment until Maine South receives that ruling and I have the opportunity to discuss it with them."