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Basketball Wed Jan 23 2013

Two CPS Coaches Disclipined for Conduct

chi-simeon-vs-young-will-be-at-chicago-state-2-001.jpgThings got heated between Simeon coach Robert Smith and Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin following last week's 53-51 Wolverine victory. For Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, two grown men, two figures of authority in a profane shouting match following a mid-season high school basketball game was just not acceptable.

And now Irvin and Smith must sit out their next four games, Byrd-Bennett announced in a memo. The two coaches must attend their next four games in a "non-coaching capacity." Simeon defeated Bogan 67-48 last night -- and early reports indicated that Smith wasn't in the stands.

It's a strong move by Byrd-Bennett that won't be lacking publicity. Smith won't be able to coach on Saturday night when Simeon travels to Chicago State University -- scene of the shouting match with Irvin and an unrelated murder outside the gymnasium immediately after -- to play Whitney Young. The game begins at 8 pm and will be televised on ESPNU.

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune

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