Men’s Basketball Game Canceled After Concordia Coach Controversy

Sports Editor

James Keck

The Benedictine Men’s Basketball Team was scheduled to play against Concordia University Chicago on Tuesday night but the game was canceled due to circumstances relating to player hospitalizations on the Concordia team. Six players were hospitalized after intense training that would result in the exit of Concordia Coach Steve Kollar, according to multiple media sources.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the players were hospitalized on Dec. 31. for rhabdomyolysis, a condition due to muscle damage from too much exercise; it can be fatal or lead to permanent disability. Allegedly, Kollar was punishing several players for breaking curfew during a recent trip, according to WLS.  Concordia University Chicago issued a statement to the basketball players confirming that they had parted ways with Kollar but did not specify the nature of the split.

Due to the hospitalization, Concordia Chicago needed to forfeit several games in conference play, but after forfeiting several games, the NCAA stepped in to prevent them from playing the rest of their conference games.

The Eagles currently sit at 6-3 in conference play sitting in 5th place with a big road matchup this weekend at St. Norbert College against a tough Green Knight team.