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Hoops Coach in New Jersey gets caught cheating…doesn’t deny it but wants it thrown out because of how he got caught…moron!!

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1 Response to “Hoops Coach in New Jersey gets caught cheating…doesn’t deny it but wants it thrown out because of how he got caught…moron!!”


  1. February 16, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    Please read this and let me know what you think about this pathetic excuse of a coach.

    Copyright 2010 Newark Morning Ledger Co.
    All Rights Reserved
    The Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey)

    February 13, 2010 Saturday
    FINAL EDITION

    SECTION: SPORTS; Pg. 019

    HEADLINE: Boyle’s legal fight a lose-lose situation

    BYLINE: STEVE POLITI, STAR-LEDGER STAFF

    As his pit-bull lawyer eviscerated the state high school athletic association, calling its counsel a liar and threatening to sue the stunned administrators who had just finished hearing a mundane report on the state bowling tournament, Kevin Boyle stood silently in the back of the room.

    Hundreds of coaches have faced suspensions for rule violations before, but only one has ever responded like this. Boyle, who has long worn the black hat in state basketball circles, was not going down without a fight.

    This was not a presentation on behalf of a coach who wanted a decision overturned. This was a declaration of war. Boyle had to know the executive committee would not reinstate his top-ranked St. Patrick basketball team for the state tournament next month.

    He went for the jugular anyway, and now the state must wonder: How far will he take this?

    And what, exactly, is the endgame for Boyle?

    This much is certain: It made for fascinating theater in Robbinsville. The executive committee of the NJSIAA usually has about as much juice as the average zoning board.

    In one moment yesterday, an assistant director was giving his report on how ticket sales for the upcoming wrestling tournament were brisk. In the next, St. Patrick attorney Kevin Marino and his NJSIAA counterpart Michael J. Herbert were embroiled in a tense exchange.

    “I’m tired of being called a liar, sir,” Herbert said after Marino accused him of withholding evidence.

    “Then stop lying!” Marino countered.

    That was just the beginning. Marino held the pulpit for nearly an hour, and his goal here certainly was not to curry favor with the administrators who make up the executive committee to win this appeal.

    He was here to drop a bomb. Forget that Boyle had broken a rule and copped to it, and that the standard punishment for serious rule violations is a tournament ban. Marino focused his presentation on how the private investigator uncovered the cheating during a three-month investigation.

    He accused the retired state trooper who conducted the investigation of trespassing, and then dropped his bomb: “I’m not describing the conduct of a terrorist. I’m describing your conduct,” he said, repeating the final line several times as he pointed at the committee members in the room.

    Did the NJSIAA go too far? Yes. The investigator should never have lied about his identity to get inside the St. Patrick gym, and he should have left his video camera at home.

    His report included everything from two players sneaking into a hotel for a free breakfast, and raises serious questions about how and when they would choose to send their “cop” after criminals.

    “I would love to see them send their investigator with a camera in Delbarton or Millburn,” said Edwin Leahy, the headmaster at St. Benedict’s Prep who pulled his school out of the NJSIAA after a dispute. “Because for every kid on the team, there’d be a separate lawsuit.”

    But to even use the word terrorist was a cheap shot by Marino — and, by extension, the coach who hired him. If St. Patrick was trying to scare the NJSIAA into ruling on the appeal, it failed; the committee voted unanimously, with one abstention, to uphold the suspension.

    No, this was all about setting the stage for future litigation. Herbert, who has successfully defended the majority of the 151 lawsuits the NJSIAA has faced since 1982, will have a humdinger on his hands soon.

    Boyle will get his day in court, but it’s hard to see what else he gains from turning this into a street fight.

    His team, maybe the best he’s ever had, will never get that chance to defend its state title. His reputation for being loose with the rules will not change, either, no matter what a judge rules.

    Here’s the thing with Boyle: He craves the respect his longtime rival, Bob Hurley Sr., has received at St. Anthony, but then he picks a fight like this that leads to more acrimony.

    He might win. But he can’t win.

    He’ll keep battling, though. “There will be litigation,” Marino assured, and he insisted that every stunned administrator in that meeting room would be named in the suit. A few minutes later, Boyle walked out of the NJSIAA offices without commenting, surrounded by four lawyers.

    This is his new team now, and nobody can keep it from playing. And playing rough.

    Steve Politi appears regularly in The Star-Ledger. He may be reached at spoliti@starledger.com, or follow him at Twitter.com/NJ_StevePoliti.

    Copyright 2010 Newark Morning Ledger Co.
    All Rights Reserved
    The Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey)

    February 15, 2010 Monday
    STATE/ROP EDITION

    SECTION: EDITORIAL/OPINION; Pg. 013

    HEADLINE: To catch a cheat ENFORCING HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS RULES

    EDITORIAL

    In an unsuccessful appeal of his suspension and his top-ranked team’s ban from the state tournament, St. Patrick’s basketball coach Kevin Boyle claimed an undercover investigator used sleazy tactics to catch him holding prohibited practices. Boyle tried to stake the high moral ground, but there’s a problem: He’s a cheater.

    Boyle admitted the investigator for the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association — the governing body of high school sports — caught him holding preseason workouts that violated NJSIAA rules. But, Boyle’s lawyer argued, the investigator weaseled his way into St. Patrick’s gym, lied about why he was there and videotaped activities — that’s trespassing, lying and an invasion of privacy.

    Boyle’s side also argued that the NJSIAA usually notifies a school when it’s under investigation, and Boyle wasn’t told.

    If you connect Boyle’s dots, the investigator should have stopped at the main office, announced who he was and informed school officials he was there to videotape the illegal practice occurring in the gym — all after Boyle had received a letter from the NJSIAA tipping him off about the investigation. Silly, huh?

    Maybe Boyle would like the investigator to ride around in a car with “NJSIAA Undercover Cop” painted on the side.

    Montclair High School athletic director John Porcelli was a member of a committee that recommended the investigator’s hiring because cheating was — and is — rampant.

    “Maybe we didn’t discuss exactly how the investigator would do his job,” Porcelli said. “But we certainly didn’t expect him to walk into a school and say, “Here are my credentials.’ If he did that at St. Pat’s, they would have tossed him out.”

    The NJSIAA did what it had to do to catch a cheater, who, instead of accepting his punishment, went looking for a loophole. The NJSIAA on Friday unanimously rejected the appeal, suspended Boyle and banned his team. As usual, when the adults screw up, the kids pay the price. But those are the rules.

    And for the coaches who wonder what message the tactics send, it’s an obvious one: The NJSIAA is watching you.


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