A girls' basketball coach at a Dallas private school was fired Sunday shortly after he sent an e-mail to a newspaper saying he wouldn't apologize for a game which his players won 100-0.
You can read more of the details here. But basically the school administration of the team that won 100-0 posted a statement on its website saying the 100-point win was "shameful" and "clearly does not reflect a Christ-like and honorable approach to competition." The coach disagreed in his e-mail and was later fired.
Now there are a lot of ways to get red-faced about this. Should a Christian school show mercy to a coach who apparently showed none? The opposing coach has said his team was still getting pressed at midcourt, even though already down 59-0 at halftime. But shouldn't a "Mercy Rule" be enacted in which the clock runs constantly or the game is simply stopped? (Some states have these, some don't -- Texas didn't in this case).
As a volunteer youth basketball and soccer coach, I've been on both sides of blowouts. They are like avalanches, and they make me cringe a little on either side of them.
But they can be slowed down -- although not stopped entirely -- by the coach of the stronger team. There are a variety of ways to do this -- playing only your benchwarmers, giving your team certain rules about how it can score for the rest of the game, etc.
None of these are perfect solutions, of course.
But beating a team 100-0 in girls' basketball -- that's just wrong. I'm glad this coach was fired.
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