Parent Accuses Football Coaches of Bullying After 91-0 Win | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Ben Russell, NBC 5 News
A Western Hills High School parent filed the bullying complaint against Aledo High School coaches after their team defeated the Fort Worth school 91-0 on Friday.
The undefeated Aledo Bearcats have made a habit of soundly defeating their opponents this season. After seven games, the team is outscoring the opposition 485-47.
A Western Hills High School parent filed the bullying complaint after Bearcats defeated the Fort Worth school 91-0 on Friday.
"Never; I've never heard of a bullying report in a football game," Aledo coach Tim Buchanan said Monday.
Buchanan said he started substituting players in the first quarter. He also said the game clock ran continuously starting toward the end of the third quarter.
But when asked why the team did not simply start kneeling the ball -- in effect, stop trying to play the game -- Buchanan was clear in his answer.
"To go out and tell your kids, 'No, I don't want you to play hard, because we're ahead,' that's against every fundamental coaching strategy that you have," he said.
Western Hills head coach John Naylor told NBC DFW after Monday's practice that he disagrees with the parent who claimed that the Aledo coaching staff bullied his players.
The Texas Education Agency defines bullying as:
"Bullying occurs when a person is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself. Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions. Bullying involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time. Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength."
The Aledo Independent School District will investigate the complaint against its football coaching staff.
Superintendent Derek Citty said his district will take the complaint just as seriously as it would a complaint that a group of students within the district is picking on a classmate.
Several parents of Western Hills players who attended Friday night's game described the loss as embarrassing. One parent, who declined to speak on the record, said that the Aledo coaches could have made more of an effort to keep the score down.
Buchanan insisted he and his fellow coaches did exactly that.
"In actuality, we probably could have scored a lot more," he said. "We did try to keep it down. I was really fearful that we were going to score 100."
Okay, I'm against bullying as much as the next person, but this seems way over the top to me. What happened to shake it off, better luck next time?
In our 'Everyone Gets a Trophy' world, what else would you expect? And then we wonder why our youth fall apart at the first sight of failure. They don't know how to react because they have never had to compete and exhibit good sportsmanship. Instead it's all about clapping for the other team, not keeping score and making sure everyone feels special. Everyone wants to feel like they did a good job, but we shouldn't feel like we succeeded when we didn't. Plain and simple, competition drives incentive. Without incentive, why even bother trying? I'm going to get a trophy anyway.
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Did the other coach request that they end the game early? If not, then why aren't the parents pissed at him? I get the sportsmanship. I know how to be a good loser. I was on an all girl soccer team that competed against all boy soccer teams (we were a girl scout team and were only doing so to earn a badge). Every team LOVED to play us because they knew they were guaranteed a win. It sucked to lose every single time. But we went out and tried and gave our best. The other teams were usually pretty nice about their 'win' and didn't make a point to rub it in our face. There was a lot to be said about the kind of coaching and commitment to practice we had. We didn't win, not just because we were all girls competing against boys, but because we didn't have good consistent coaching and we didn't practice enough. Us sucking had nothing to do with the other teams. We didn't earn a win.
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