In some news that will make coaches around the country scratch their heads, last Friday Aledo HS (TX) beat Fort Worth Western Hills HS (TX) by a score of 91-0. After the game, a parent of a Western Hills player decided to file a bullying complaint against Aledo head coach Tim Buchanan.
Yes, you read that correctly. A bullying complaint filed against the head coach for the final score after Friday night contest.
Now, it's worth noting that Aledo is averaging over 69 points per game and is the top ranked team in the 4A poll, and Western Hills is fielding just 30 players, but as Buchanan told the Star-Telegram after the game, the end of this game felt much different to him and his team.
“We were just sitting there. You’d have thought we got beat. I looked around and asked, ‘Is there anyone here that feels good?’”
Buchanan said he spent the whole third and fourth quarter trying to think of ways for his guys not to score. As Bleacher Report points out, he only played his offensive starters for 21 snaps, his quarterbacks combined for a total of 10 pass attempts, a running clock took effect in the third quarter, and the Bearcats tried to keep things on the ground, rushing for 391 yards and 8 touchdowns.
According to the Star-Telegram article, schools are required by state law to provide a bullying complaint form on their website, and after the game a Western Hills parent got on and filed a report against Buchanan saying that he "should've told his players to ease up and not play so hard."
Western Hills head coach John Naylor said that he saw nothing wrong with the final product, noting that there is a reason Aledo is ranked #1 in the state and that their players played the game like it was meant to be played; hard and clean.
For coaches around the country, we all know how sticky of a situation this can be. The facts provided by Bleacher Report (starters played 21 snaps, only passed the ball 10 times, etc.) tells every coach reading this that Buchanan did everything short of kneeling to stay out of the end zone, and if you're a coach on the opposite sideline, that's the last thing that you want. To have a parent from the opposite team file a personal bullying complaint after a blowout may seem ludicrous to most coaches, but Buchanan is handling the whole situation like a class act.
“I have to address it. It’s not something you can laugh off or anything like that. What they said was that I should’ve told my players to ease up and not play so hard.” Buchanan noted about the bullying complaint.
In a profession where we are constantly striving to get every ounce of effort out of our guys on the field, in the classroom, and in life, the day that coaches are encouraged to walk out on the field on game day and tell their players to "stop playing so hard" is going to be a very sad day in the profession. After being on both sides of the sideline for similar scores, that's something that I feel very strongly about.
Good coaches never miss an opportunity to teach their kids life lessons. Credit coach Buchanan and coach Naylor, who both seem to be handling this situation with the utmost amount of class.
UPDATE >> According to MacMan33 in the comments section below, Aledo's time of possession was a mere 7 minutes. 91 points in 7 minutes is enough to make Oregon and Baylor both jealous...but bullying? I don't think so.