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WPIAL threatens playoff ban for school unless it suspends coach for alleged contact with official


Conflicting views of a postgame altercation between a coach and official has put Greensburg (Pa.) Central Catholic school officials in a tough position. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the WPIAL will keep the Greensburg Central Catholic boys' basketball team out of the playoffs if the school does not suspend coach Greg Bisignani for three games for allegedly making contact with an official after a game on Jan. 18.

"We have no jurisdiction over personnel at schools," WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley told the Post-Gazette. "That's a district issue. But we do have jurisdiction over schools. Greensburg Central can do what they want. But if they choose not to follow our directive, then they will be kept out of the postseason."

The WPIAL Board of Control made its ruling Monday night after a hearing in which official Mike Tucci testified that Bisignani made contact with him following GCC's 66-63 loss to McKeesport. North Catholic athletic director Mike Burrell and Gateway principal Bill Short, who were in the stands, backed Tucci's claim, as did another official. Bisignani admitted that having words with Tucci after the game was unsportsmanlike, but he denied making contact with him. That claim was supported by GCC's scorekeeper and the event organizer, who said that any contact was accidental.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Tucci told the WPIAL that Bisignani told him, "You'll never work another GCC game again."

“I have a very uncomfortable feeling as soon as I step on the floor (now),” Tucci said.

The Westmoreland Sports Network posted video of the incident to YouTube. What do you think?

Thanks to Prep Rally for bringing this story to our attention.

 

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