Nobody in authority is talking on the record, including Calvin Davis, the Chicago Board of Education's director of sports administration, but it has been confirmed that the Chicago Public League's office that supervises the city's vast sports programs has been "gutted" by a series of recent personnel layoffs and budget cutbacks.
According to reliable sources within the sports department, 21 employees have been jettisoned since the Chicago Board of Education announced that it is facing a $700 million budget deficit and as many as 2,700 teachers could be laid off. At the same time, it was revealed that all sports in the CPS below the varsity level are in jeopardy of being cut.
"They don't care about sports," one CPS official said.
At the moment, there is no budget for summer activities in CPS and there is no budget for frosh-soph sports for the 2010-11 school year.
Among the longtime CPS employees laid off were two consultants, former King basketball coach Landon Cox and former Robeson football coach Roy Curry.
Also laid off were five of six stadium directors, including former King basketball star Levertis Robinson at Rockne, Clarence Notree at Gately and Eddie Curry at Stagg, and many stadium workers. Last fall, former Parker (now Robeson) and Marquette basketball star Maurice "Bo" Ellis lost his job as stadium director at Lane.
Recently, Simeon basketball coach Robert Smith expressed a fear for what could happen if thousands of CPS boys and girls who normally would be participating in frosh-soph sports are left with no after-school activities. CPS hasn't addressed the issue.