(12-1-22) The IHSAA Executive Committeeat at their November 4th Executive Committee meeting suspended two Merrillville football assistant coaches, defensive coordinator Josh Sabinas and assistant Brian West, contacted student-athletes enrolled at other member schools, in violation of IHSAA rules.
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Sabinas and West were suspended for the first three games of the the 2022 season and not allowed to scout opponents during that three-week period.
The suspensions were the recommendation of the Merrillville administration.
Merrillville did play a complete schedule in 2022 going 9-3, winning a sectional before losing in the regional final to eventual 5A state champion Valparaiso 15-14. The Pirates were ranked # 6 in the Associate Press Class 5A rankings at the end of the 2022 regular season.