…I refer, of course, to high school football*.
The coach of a Texas high school football team has been accused of bullying in a formal complaint after his team beat another school 91-0.
MyFoxDFW.com reports a parent of a player on the Western Hills High School football team claims Aledo High School football coach Tim Buchanan encouraged his players to bully their opponents by running up the score. Buchanan learned of the online complaint against him Saturday, the day after his team beat Western Hills in a 4A matchup.
Apparently Aledo is scary good this year. The other team’s football coach blanched at the accusation, of course; and it’s not as if the Aledo coach was trying to be obnoxious about it:
Buchanan tells MyFoxDFW.com he pulled his starters from the game after the first quarter and even eventually brought in his third-string players, but it was clear the game was going to be a blowout. The clock was also run continuously starting in the third quarter.
Buchanan, whose team is averaging 69.3 points a game and is on its way to a 7-0 record, said he is not sure what else he could have done besides telling his players to take a knee.
Seriously, what the hell are Buchanan’s options? Putting in the third-string is justifiable: the kids get some time to actually play (and apparently score touchdowns). And letting the clock run at least gets it over more quickly. But you either take football seriously, or you do not. And sometimes one side gets an epic shellacking. Tough luck, there, but you don’t whine about it. Or, worse, try to get the other side’s coach in trouble.
PS: Of course this won’t go anywhere. State religion, remember?
*Some claim that college football is the state religion of Texas, of course. Except that I think that’s generally true of the South overall, really.