LHSAA levies heavy penalties, suspension for boys basketball team

December 19, 2023 / Athletic AdministrationBasketballCoaching
One of the top boys’ basketball programs in Louisiana is being hit with a series of penalties and sanctions after their head coach was accused of recruiting violations.

Isidore Newman School has been forced to vacate all of its wins—including two state title victories—over the last three seasons while head coach Randy Livingston also has been suspended for the year by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA).

louisianaThe school’s athletic director, Patrick Summerour, says they plan to appeal the ruling.

A recent story from WDSU.com detailed the punishment handed down by the LHSAA. Below is an excerpt from the WDSU.com story.

Isidore Newman School in uptown New Orleans received a notice of rule violation for recruiting and has received the following punishment:

  1. The boy’s basketball team shall be placed on restrictive probation and ruled ineligible for postseason play in the 2023-24 season. (The basketball team will complete the regular season as scheduled).
  2. The school shall be required to forfeit all basketball games during the last three seasons.
  3. Livingston shall be suspended from all coaching-related duties for one calendar year.

WDSU obtained an email sent to Newman middle and upper school families detailing the violations.

In the letter to parents, Newman says it plans to “actively engage in a formal appeal of the ruling and sanctions.”

Leadership at Newman says it cooperated fully with the LHSAA.

Livingston was named the head coach at Newman in March of 2019. A Newman graduate, he led the Greenies to three state titles from 1991-93, scoring 3,429 points in his high school career. He then signed with LSU in 1993, but suffered a severe knee injury before his freshman year.

To read the full story from WDSU.com about the Louisiana school’s sanctions, click here.