Coach Unapologetic For 100-0 Win
Posted on January 28, 2009The coach of a 100-0 win in a high school basketball game was fired. USA Today reports that the winning coach has been criticized for the incredibly lopsided score.
Grimes, who has been criticized for letting the game get so far out of hand, made it clear in the e-mail Sunday to the newspaper that he does not agree with his school's assessment.It's an unwritten rule that when you are by a wide margin and will sail to a clear victory you put in the second and third string. It's not illegal or anything but it is considered a little tacky to run up the score. However, if the second and third string come in and play hard and they continue scoring then there isn't much that can be done. You can't tell third stringers they can't play or try to score. It is a competition as well as a game and it lasts until time runs out. If they want to prevent they should just have some rule in high school basketball like where if you get down by 50 points then you automatically lose the game.
"In response to the statement posted on The Covenant School website, I do not agree with the apology or the notion that the Covenant School girls basketball team should feel embarrassed or ashamed," Grimes wrote in the e-mail to USA TODAY. "We played the game as it was meant to be played. My values and my beliefs would not allow me to run up the score on any opponent, and it will not allow me to apologize for a wide-margin victory when my girls played with honor and integrity."