Fairfield Prep’s basketball program has been placed on probation by the CIAC for the 2014-15 season for “sportsmanship-related issues,” CIAC media relations director Joel Cookson confirmed Tuesday.
The CIAC’s Board of Control approved the motion after considering a “report from a member school principal on addressing sportsmanship concerns at the CIAC basketball championships,” a report released Tuesday stated. The BOC met on May 1.
Probation, in this instance, merely is a warning to Prep. Further discipline would be considered by the CIAC only if there is a repeat incident.
“It’s saying, ‘We’re concerned about it, try to prevent it from happening again,” Cookson said.
Cookson said last month, prior to receiving a report from Prep, that the locker room in which the Jesuits occupied at Mohegan Sun Arena had to be “extensively cleaned.” Prep lost to Central 76-73 in the LL state final on March 22.
Prep coach Leo Redgate declined comment Tuesday. Athletic director Steve Donahue did not return a message seeking comment.
UPDATE: Fairfield Prep issued a statement Wednesday in response to being put on probation by the CIAC.
“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.”