The CIAC placed the Fairfield Prep basketball program on probation for the 2014-15 season “sportsmanship-related issues” according to a report issued on Tuesday by the CIAC Board of Control.
The meeting was held last Thursday.
“We received a report from their principal, which the board requested, basically expresing what took place and what they would do to address it,” said Joel Cookson, director of media relations from the CIAC.
“The general feeling was this is the appropriate punishment for what seemed to be several concerns about how (Prep) behaved at the tournament. It was not just one thing. We felt probation was appropriate for what took place.”
According to Cookson, if nothing happens during the next season,”it goes away. It becomes a footnote.” The team is allowed to play in the CIAC tournament next season.
Fairfield Prep won its first 27 games before losing to Bridgeport Central in the Class LL final.
According to Cookson, Bridgeport Central was informed by the CIAC that the school would be responsible for any damage done during the immediate post-game celebration. He said the “board discussed it. The feeling was it was “not a sportsmanship issue, it was more of an exuberance.”
Cookson said any school can appeal a decision the CIAC Board of Control makes. He had no idea if Fairfield Prep planned an appeal at this time.
Fairfield Prep coach Leo Redgate referred all comment to the school administration. School athletic director Steve Donahue did not return an immediate phone message seeking comment.
Fairfield Prep is deeply affected by the negative press concerning events associated with the state championship basketball game. We have investigated and are addressing the show of unsportsmanlike conduct. Where warranted, we have taken appropriate action with regard to behavior that we consider contrary to our values. We take any criticism seriously and see it as an opportunity for self-reflection and improvement.
Moving forward, Fairfield Prep is committed to full compliance with this action by CIAC, and will continue to take steps to ensure that all aspects of our interscholastic sports programs reflect our overall values and mission as a Jesuit, Catholic school of excellence.