H.S. Football Coach Accused of Bullying After 91-0 Victory
A parent filed a bullying complaint against a Texas high school football coach after his team rang up a 91-0 victory this past weekend, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
The undefeated Aledo High School squad, which is averaging just under 70 points per game this season, proved far too much to handle for the 0-7 Western Hills High School team on Oct. 18. Aledo head coach Tim Buchanan isn't relishing in the massive margin of victories this season, however.
"I'm upset about it," the coach said to the Star-Telegram. "I don't like it. I sit there the whole third and fourth quarter and try to think how I can keep us from scoring."
According to the paper, Buchanan pulled his offensive starters after only 21 snaps, and the team's quarterbacks attempted only 10 passes all game. That didn't stop them from racking up yards and points, however, as the team rushed for 391 yards and eight touchdowns.
One Western Hills parent didn't take kindly to the thrashing and filed a bullying report against the coaching staff on the school's website. (Under state law, schools must provide a way for bullying incidents to be reported on their website, according to the Star-Telegram.)
"[The report filed] compliments our players, saying they showed extremely good sportsmanship," Buchanan said to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com Tuesday. "This was not directed at our team, but the coaching staff for not instructing our players to ease up and quit playing hard once the game was in hand."
One person who doesn't share that view? Western Hills head coach John Naylor.
"I think the game was handled fine," Naylor said to the paper. "They're No. 1 for a reason, and I know coach Buchanan. We're fighting a real uphill battle right now."
In fact, Naylor praised the Aledo squad for being "good sports" and said "they don't talk at all."
Aledo High School's principal is expected to release a written report this week on the incident, as required by law.
Until then, I'm curious to hear your thoughts: Was the blowout a form of bullying? Or, as suggested by Forbes.com's Bob Cook, was it simply the convergence of economic and cultural disparities which allow Aledo players to play football longer and have better and more coaching?
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