Five College Basketball Players in Chicago Reportedly Hospitalized After ‘Rigorous Workout’

Five College Basketball Players in Chicago Reportedly Hospitalized After ‘Rigorous Workout’

It has been reported that five members of the Concordia University Chicago basketball team in River Forest were hospitalized after partaking in a “rigorous workout.”

According to the Associated Press, the training was a punishment for how the players acted on a recent team trip to California, where they stayed out past their curfew.

Five players were admitted to the hospital between Monday and Wednesday, which caused two men’s basketball games to be postponed, the outlet added.

Athletic Director Pete Gnan wrote a letter to the parents informing them that the team had participated in “particularly high-intensity, collegiate-level circuit training” on Dec. 31.

Gnan said that there is “zero tolerance for harassment or retaliatory actions of any kind” in the athletics department and urged players, coaches, and staff to speak out if they see any inappropriate behavior.

“It has been alleged by some that the intensity and difficulty of Saturday’s practice was a direct consequence of the broken curfew earlier in the week. … The university continues to look into the matter and is also working to determine all factors that contributed to the student hospitalizations,” Gnan said.

University spokesman Eric Matanyi confirmed that head coach Steve Kollar had been placed on administrative leave following the incident.

The Spun reported:

Concordia University Chicago is a Lutheran LCMS private university with over 5,000 students and around 1,500 undergrads. They play in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference and were the conference’s regular season champions in 2022 but missed the NCAA Tournament.

Under Steve Kollar, the Cougars are 28-38 with a 21-24 NACC record.

But this is the kind of scandal that could not only cost Kollar his job, but a ton of other people in the Concordia Chicago administration.

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