Illinois High School Association officials said Friday that they are investigating the eligibility of several players on the 2006 and '07 Simeon teams that won the Class AA boys basketball championship, according to published reports.
Chicago Bulls rookie of the year Derrick Rose was on those teams.
According to the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times, the investigation is in response to allegations of grade changing that came to light Thursday.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday that Rose's academic record at Simeon had been altered to improve his transcript before it was sent to Memphis, then changed back a month later. Citing sources and a report by a Chicago Public Schools investigator, the paper identified Rose as one of four students who had grades changed. In Rose's case, a D became a C, according to the report.
Marty Hickman, IHSA executive director, told the Tribune the organization would be in contact with the Chicago Public League's director of sports information early next week to begin the process. Chicago Public Schools representative Monique Bond said that CPS chief Ron Huberman planned to review the CPS inspector general's findings but that there were no plans to reopen the investigation.
Hickman told the Tribune that Simeon might have to forfeit games and championships if Rose and other significant players on the school's title teams were found to have been ineligible when they competed.