In a story that is getting wilder and wilder by the day, The Star-Ledger reported late Monday night that former troubled NBA star Chris Washburn turned Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick into the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association for holding illegal preseason practices and that the NJSIAA used a retired former state trooper to videotape those practices and to follow players home after school to verify their addresses.
The Controversies Committee of the NJSIAA has recommended that defending Tournament of Champions winner St. Patrick be suspended from the upcoming state tournament and that head coach Kevin Boyle face a three-game suspension. The program would also be placed on probation for two years.
Steve Timko, the executive director of the NJSIAA, told me in a phone interview that he could not comment on the case but that the hearing before the NJSIAA Executive Committee had been pushed to Friday from Wednesday because of the looming snow storm.
“The meeting is not tomorrow [Wednesday]. It’s on Friday at 11 a.m.,” Timko said by phone.