Illinois school in hot water after Colt McCoy throws to students

Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy intended to give a few Illinois high school students a special moment by letting them catch passes from an NFL quarterback. Instead, he might have created trouble for the school's athletic program.

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The Illinois High School Association is investigating whether McCoy throwing passes to students at Sacred Heart-Griffin in Springfield, Ill., constituted an illegal practice.

McCoy was at the high school to attend a Fellowship of Christian Athletes banquet. Before the event, he threw passes to several students, including at least one football player.

"We had some kids who were out of study hall. Some of the kids didn't even play football," Sacred Heart-Griffin coach Ken Leonard said, according to the Springfield State Journal-Register. "It was a once-in-a-lifetime chance for them. We're not making a big deal of it. We don't want to force the issue. It's in (the IHSA's) hands. We'll do what they tell us to do."

IHSA executive director Marty Hickman has yet to rule on the case but said he did not believe the activity represented a violation.

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