Maine West Coach Fired Over Hazing Allegations Gives Up Fight for Job

Michael Divincenzo was fired in December, accused of turning a blind eye to hazing at Maine West High School

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    Michael Divincenzo

    The man soccer players at Maine West High School have come to know affectionately as "Divo" has given up his fight for the job he lost in a hazing scandal at the northwest suburban school district.

    The Maine Township High School District 207 school board approved an agreement Monday night with Michael Divincenzo to "conclude the dismissal proceeding and end Mr. Divincenzo’s employment by the school district."

    Under the terms of the deal, Divincenzo will withdraw his request for a hearing, where he was expected to fight for his job, but he’ll continue to receive health insurance coverage until Jan. 31. He also will cooperate in the defense of a lawsuit filed against the school district over the hazing allegations, and he is waiving all claims against the district.

    Finally, the school board is conceding that there was no “wrong-doing or improper conduct.”

    “There is no payment or other consideration,” school board President Sean Sullivan said at Monday night’s meeting, “except as stated in the agreement.

    The school board voted in December to fire Divincenzo, stunning a room full of the former soccer coach’s former students and players who pleaded with the board to let him keep his job.