Nationally ranked team forfeits season

Homewood-Flossmoor, the No. 9 team in the espnW 25 Power Rankings, has been forced to forfeit all 20 of its wins, according to the Chicago Tribune.

In addition, the entire team, including coach Tony Smith, has been suspended for rules violations and will not be eligible for the state playoffs.

According to the Tribune, the violations cited by the Illinois High School Association involved offseason workouts run by Smith as well as a summer league tournament involving the club team he coaches, the Illinois Dream Team.

"It's simply not fair to allow a school to participate when they've shown a disregard for our rules on several fronts," IHSA executive director Marty Hickman told the Tribune. "Is it unfortunate for Homewood-Flossmoor? Yes. But that's on them. We have to take steps to protect the integrity of the competition. When you look at their preseason conditioning schedule, that's clearly prohibited."

Smith is in his first year at Homewood-Flossmoor after leading Bolingbrook to state titles in 2009-11.

According to the Tribune, the IHSA sanctions follow a lawsuit that accused Smith of improperly recruiting players.

The IHSA ruling brings an early end to the high school career of Illinois signee Amarah Coleman. Other elite prospects on the team include undeclared juniors Faith Suggs and Bria Stallworth.

"It's very sad that the girls -- all the girls, not just my daughter -- are being penalized for something that they have no control over," said Suggs' father, Shafer Suggs. "Especially after all the work they put in to the season."

Homewood-Flossmoor had been 20-2 on the season and was set to start the playoffs.

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