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CHICAGO -- Chicago Curie Metropolitan High School's basketball team, ranked No. 2 in the nation, will be allowed to compete in the Illinois state playoffs even though it was forced to forfeit this year's games because several players were academically ineligible to compete.
Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Executive Director Marty Hickman said today in a statement that Curie will be allowed to participate in the IHSA Class 4A State Series tournament, which begins Monday.
Chicago Public Schools said Friday that Curie must forfeit its regular-season wins as seven players on Curie's 24-1 varsity team were ineligible from the start of the 2013-14 season. Student-athletes in the district must maintain a 2.0 GPA to participate in sports, or have an individual study plan in place to help them improve academically. The IHSA has different requirements for eligibility. Students must pass five courses and achieve a minimum of 2.5 credits at the time of the tournament, district officials said.
The IHSA asked the CPS administration to verify each player's adherence to the IHSA academic eligibility bylaws prior to the team being allowed to participate. Monday, CPS officials confirmed that nine team members have complied with the bylaw and are eligible to compete. the IHSA wasn't able to release the names of the nine players who are eligible.
Curie is scheduled to play Tuesday at King High School against the winner of Monday's game between Argo and DuSable.