IHSA announces sanctions against Harrisburg, Seton Academy

By WEEK Reporter

April 10, 2013 Updated Apr 10, 2013 at 8:00 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The IHSA announced Wednesday that they have completed its investigation into the 2013 IHSA Class 2A Boys Basketball State Championship game between Harrisburg High School and Seton Academy and has announced sanctions resulting from that investigation.

Seton Hall coach Brandon Thomas has been suspended for next season. Harrisburg coach Randy Smithpeters faces suspension if he does not complete a behavioral program.

Both coaches face probation for next season.

The contest officials have been reprimanded for failure to enforce the bench conduct rule during the championship game.

There is no change in the status of the 2nd place state trophy that Seton Academy left behind in Peoria. That trophy remains at the IHSA office in Bloomington.

Coach Thomas’ suspension comes as a result of incidents that occurred at halftime and in the post-game awards ceremony, when the coach bypassed offers of congratulations from the IHSA Board of Directors and the Governor of Illinois.

The report says that he then threw his medal to an assistant coach and exited the court, where he engaged in a verbal altercation with a fan and had to be restrained from entering the stands by security and police.

The IHSA says that the Harrisburg sanctions come as a result of the actions by Coach Smithpeters, especially during the first half of the contest.