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Crispus Attucks Basketball Coach Suspended Pending Investigation
Updated January 10, 2016 12:29 PM | Filed under: Education
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - The boys' basketball coach at Crispus Attucks has been suspended pending an investigation by the Indiana High School Athletic Association.

Phil Washington has been the head boys' basketball coach for four years.

According to Bobby Cox with IHSAA, Washington allowed two Anderson High School students to participate in summertime Crispus Attucks sport activities before they were enrolled at the school.

Washington had applied for the coaching position at Anderson, but when he did not get it, the two players followed him, Cox said.

But the Indiana Athletic High School Association says the move violated the undue influence rule. It bans adults affiliated in any way with the team from giving gifts or enticing student athletes to join certain teams.

But supporters of Washington believe that is not the case with the coach they still support.

The players who transferred from Anderson to Crispus Attucks will not be able to play for 365 days, according to IHSAA.

A spokesperson for Indianapolis Public Schools released a statement Friday afternoon about the investigation:

"Mr. Washington was suspended from Crispus Attucks pending an internal investigation related to an IHSAA investigation. The district took this measure to ensure continued eligibility of our student athletes in the Crispus Attucks Boys' Basketball program. IPS does not speak to the specifics of personnel matters, but can confirm Mr. Washington will continue to serve the students of IPS in another capacity."

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