Attorneys for the school district and the coach vow appeals to the state’s Commissioner of Education.

ROBBINSVILLE — The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Executive Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to uphold the unprecedented penalties imposed on Paterson Eastside High and boys basketball coach Juan Griles stemming from this year’s scandal involving overseas players.

The 36-0 votes came after less than 10 minutes of deliberation Wednesday morning and following presentations from attorneys representing the Paterson school district, Griles and the NJSIAA. Lawyers for both the Paterson district and Griles said they intend to appeal the decision to state Commissioner of Education Kimberley Harrington.

“We have an appeal prepared,” said Alfred Maurice, one of two attorneys representing Griles. “There was no due process. He only got six days notice of the hearing. There was no way he could have possibly been prepared. And all of their decisions were based on hearsay and they didn’t even accept the stuff they didn’t like.”

Frances Barto, an attorney for the Paterson district, argued the NJSIAA’s decision to ban Eastside’s boys and girls teams from the 2017-18 state tournament was too harsh and unnecessarily penalized athletes who had nothing to do with the scandal.

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