THE WATCHDOGS: Year after scandal cost Curie city title, CPS fails at basketball eligibility reforms

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A year after promising reforms in the wake of a scandal that cost Curie Metro High School its city boys basketball title, Chicago Public Schools officials can’t say for sure whether players participating in most games this past season were academically eligible, a Chicago Sun-Times investigation has found.

The school system’s oversight of the promised fixes is in such disarray that officials can’t even find the eligibility sheets that Simeon coach Robert Smith and Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin exchanged on court before Dec. 14’s “Battle of Vincennes” between the two basketball powerhouses. The crowd witnessing that exchange included a Sun-Times reporter and a photographer who captured the moment.

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