The Covenant School in Dallas got hit with a bunch of unfavorable publicity after its girls basketball team beat another school 100-0. (That score is not a typo.)
School officials posted a message on its web site apologizing for the game, saying "the school and its representatives in no way support or condone the running up of a score against any team in any sport for any reason. The school's board members, Head of School Kyle Queal and Athletic Director Brice Helton have acted to ensure that such an unfortunate incident can never happen again."
Not mentioned: girls basketball coach Michah Grimes. Who posted a message of his own with a somewhat different analysis of the situation.
The Dallas Morning News reports Grimes posted a message to a web site for girls basketball:
"I respectfully disagree with the apology, especially the notion that the Covenant School girls basketball team should feel 'embarrassed' or 'ashamed,' " part of the post says. "We played the game as it was meant to be played and would not intentionally run up the score on any opponent. Although a wide-margin victory is never evidence of compassion, my girls played with honor and integrity and showed respect to Dallas Academy."
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As a result, he was fired, the News reports.
Spectators at the game said Covenant was still putting up three-pointers (and making them!! Go Covenant!!) late in the game, which apparently is a sign or integrity and respect in some religions.
School officials announced a foolproof plan to prevent any more blowouts; it simply remains to be determined what the Rockets will get in return in the trade for Tracy McGrady.
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