January 26, 2009, - 10:27 am

Mediocrity Nation: Coach Fired For Team WINNING 100-0

By Debbie Schlussel
On the one hand, this is involves girls basketball, so who cares? On the other hand, this story is important because it shows how absurd the attack on achievement has gotten on this country.
A Dallas high school basketball coach was fired because his team beat another team 100-0, and he refused to apologize for it. Even worse, the school has forfeited the game to the 0-100 losers in the game. Since when must a coach apologize for doing his job well? Since America became more concerned with people’s feelings–particularly kids–and not recognizing achievement. First, it was affirmative action. Then, it was getting rid of high school valedictorians at many school. And now this.
In just three years as coach, Micah Grimes took his team from a 2-19 joke to state championship contenders. And, now for refusing to apologize for his success, he’s out of a job.

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The Covenant School fired its girls basketball coach Sunday, the same day he posted a message on a youth basketball Web site saying he disagreed with school officials who had publicly apologized for the team’s 100-0 victory over Dallas Academy.
In reporting the firing, Kyle Queal, Covenant’s head of school, emphasized that former coach Micah Grimes “now only represents himself” when discussing the game, which has become a national talking point. Queal said he could not say whether the firing was a direct result of the posting and declined to answer any questions.
In a statement posted Sunday on www.flightbasketball.com, Grimes offered his first public comment since the story was first reported.
“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.”
Grimes also included the quarter-by-quarter scoring on his post: 35, 24, 29, 12.
At the end of his post on the Web site, which identifies him as co-founder of Flight Basketball, Grimes wrote, “So if I lose my job over these statements, I will walk away with my integrity.” . . .
He was in his fourth season as girls basketball coach, having built the program from a 2-19 record his first season to a state championship contender last season. Covenant, which plays larger out-of-district schools, is 6-3 this season and undefeated in its Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools district. It has informed TAPPS headquarters that it has chosen to forfeit the Dallas Academy game. . . .
On Thursday, Covenant posted a statement on its Web site that said it “regrets … the outcome of the game with the Dallas Academy Varsity Girls Basketball team. It is shameful and an embarrassment that this happened. This clearly does not reflect a Christ-like and honorable approach to competition.”

In real life, there are winners and losers–sometimes as lopsided as a 100-0 win. It’s a bad lesson for everyone to make a coach apologize for such a win and then to fire him when he won’t.
With this constant attack on achievement in America, we’ve become Mediocrity Nation.

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24 Responses

Maybe it’s just me- but after a similar “ass-whooping” when I was in little league my team got the hint- practiced twice as long and hard- and we went on to take first place in the championships. Lesson learned.

MarySJ on January 26, 2009 at 10:51 am

There was a problem with this game, but it was not with the score. The problem was that it was schedule at all.
Dallas Academy is a school for girls with disablities. This was not a fair match to begin with and whoever scheduled it should be shot, dug up and shot again.
As it is, there are some places where no coach would have dared run up the score like they did here. They simply would not have left without serious physical injuries.

i_am_me on January 26, 2009 at 11:20 am

He was a good coach, and should never have been fired, but I heard that the other team had people with learning disabilities on it. If that was the case, the game should have been for exhibition purposes only, and not actually counted.

mindy1 on January 26, 2009 at 11:20 am

Debbie, you make an excellent comment in regard to people, teams, organizations, etc., becoming medocore. This is not the principles our great nation was developed. In fact it’s quite the opposite. In America either in a group or as an individual we are taught to excell and be the best we can be. To never be satisfied or settle for mediocity. Once we start doing that. Our great nation just becomes average. We should always strive to be the best in whatever we do. There is nothing wrong with accomplishing things. And like the coach said in his state. His girls did it with respect and dignity.
By firing the coach based on this subject matter. What kind of message do we send to our kids. Who will be one day running America and be in positions of power and so forth. One should never apologize for excelling in an endeavor they pursue. If anything it should make the other team or whomever you’re up against. Want to do better. And for them to see the bar has been raised and they need to practice or study more to compete. They school is sending a poor message to it’s student body. And how this head of the school doesn’t realize this, is beyond me.
When I was younger, I was very athletic and involved in all sorts of sports. Just loved being outdoors and competing and having fun. All my coaches said having fun was the most important thing. And that when you lose. To never hold your heads down since your tried your best. But, these same coaches also emphasized that when you lose. It’s apparent we need to be humble and to practice harder to win. The coaches always conveyed that it’s just as important to have sportsman conduct which is having integrity, honor and respect for your opponent. This school’s decision to fire their coach, is teaching the exact opposite of what I mentioned above. I sincerely hope no other school follows in the footsteps of this school.
Competition is what gives people drive, determination, goals and direction to name a few quality characteristics. Yeah some people would say it’s just sports. But, these learn characteristics is something that will follow these young kids into the other endeavorss they pursue when they become adults. The school has failed the kids and missed the entire point of what sports or other activities can do for kids. Confidence is a wonderful thing for anyone to have. We as a nation cannot accept being average and then happy with that.
I’m sure this coach will find another place to coach and hope he has more success. To bring a team that was literally being a bad team. And then in a few short years take them to serious contenters is a great achievement. Sports and other activities have so much more to offer our youth if they’re taught the proper qualities. Since these kids will take those qualities learn from sports and apply it in the working environment, their home life when they’re married. If my child was attending this school which might be an excellent school academicly. I would find them a new school to attend. Since, I don’t want my kids to learn it’s ok to be mediocore in whatever endeavor they pursue. I want my kids and all kids for that matter. To excell and be to always try their best. And of course I wouldn’t push them to far. Which I’m sure the liberals would say…we’re pushing our kids to far and putting too much pressure on them to be the best. Well there is a way to encourage our kids without placing pressure on them. Such a shame a school and places like this school would act like this. I believe those kids on the team will be fighting for their coach to be re-hired. And they have a strong case in accomplish this.
Debbie please monitor this situation and do a follow up if you can. I would be most interested in seeing if the coach is re-hired. Those girls apparently have determination. And more than likely liked their coach. Since they performed well for him. In sports a coach can only instruct and tell his team how to excell. But, in the end it’s up to the players to execute what the coach tells them to do. And these girls did that. They have high confidence and I believe they’ll fight to have their coach come back.

Tenn Scholar on January 26, 2009 at 11:24 am

A learning disability is much different from a physical disability. So, the girls (from Dallas) have a more difficult time with learning and absorbing what they’re taught in the classroom. Many athletes whom have learning disabilities, go on to excell in sports or other organized activities. If this is the case, then the issue or debate of this game counting or for exhibition is moot.

Tenn Scholar on January 26, 2009 at 11:34 am

Debbie,
Your post leaves out a key sentence in the news article:
“Dallas Academy, renowned for its work with students who have learning disabilities, is winless this season and has not won a game in at least four seasons.”
So, Covenant School is a Christian school teaching Christian values. Christian values do not allow one to take advantage of those with disabilities for personal gain.
[P: LEARNING DISABILITIES DON'T TRANSLATE TO BEING BAD IN SPORTS. IN FACT, USUALLY A HIGHER PROPORTION OF GOOD ATHLETES HAVE LEARNING DISABILITIES. IT'S IRRELEVANT. AND FRANKLY, THEY HAD NO BUSINESS PLAYING THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE IF THEIR GOAL WAS NOT TO EMBARRASS THEM. THIS IS NOT LIKE A PARENT PLAYING CHECKERS WITH HIS KID AND LETTING HIM WIN. THESE WERE NOT KIDS WHO WERE PHYSICALLY OR MENTALLY DISABLED. THEY JUST STINK AT BASKETBALL, APPARENTLY. DS]

Perpetua on January 26, 2009 at 11:37 am

I am not one of these people that makes decisions based on how they will effect children’s self-esteem, but I disagree with this article. When you are winning 50-0, there is no need to continue a full court press (an agressive defensive technique)or throw up 3 pointers. It indicates a lack of class. There is simply no need to humiliate another team like that. The winning team could of continue to practice passing and other techniques, can continued scoring without trying to run out the score. A real lack of class, and I am not sad to see this coached fired.

rcl032 on January 26, 2009 at 11:45 am

Tenn:
Your analysis is based on faulty assumptions. Both of my children attend schools that exist solely for children with learning disabilities (They are both housed inside private Jewish schools and that allows for mainstreaming whenever possible).
If you only have minor disabilities you can go to a “regular” school and have your needs taken care of (or at least that is what Federal Law says, unfortunately this law isn’t always enforced). You only need a special school for the more severe problems.
Being at a special school for learning disabilities does not, in and of itself, imply the physical abilities required to play a game are not there. However, there is usually a problem understanding the fundamentals and concepts of any game, including teamwork. I have also noticed a correlation (although it is far from being a perfect correlation) between having major learning disabilities and a lack of physical co-ordination.

i_am_me on January 26, 2009 at 11:48 am

I think the score should have never got that high I believe he should have played his 2nd string after the first quarter. I believe in playing and doing your best but I think the coach could have done something to keep the score down. He should not have been fired though!

ohboyohboy on January 26, 2009 at 12:57 pm

I suspect we need to back off if the school was for students with disabilities.

seven on January 26, 2009 at 1:06 pm

I understand Michigan just scheduled the Dallas Academy football team.

Blayne on January 26, 2009 at 1:44 pm

I think the line about the learning disabilities was added because the newspaper/columnist agrees with the firing and wants the reader to agree as well. But you’re right, Debbie, it is irrelevant. Sounds to me like the other coach should be fired…

C-Hay on January 26, 2009 at 2:26 pm

I agree with the person who said the one who scheduled this game needs punishing, if anyone does. If you want to call someone classless that’s the individual. Besides that, did the girls that won even know they were playing disabled girls. And if so, should they have been given a reverse pep talk beforehand? The only respondsible thing to have done in all of this was to never have put these 2 teams together.

sickathiscrap on January 26, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Sportsmanship is how you take it. You lost 100-0, the best response is to come back harder and try harder. You probably won’t win, but its the spirit in the heart that keeps you from being a LOSER and losing a game. Because you are losing bad, you shouldn’t expect others to lessen their performance because you aren’t competing as well. That would be like affirmative action. It should get you so mad and furious, that it will inspire you to do better not mope or accept a bad performance. People who win a game can be LOSERS because they are arrogant pieces of sh*t who expect others to kiss their feet because they won a game or achieved some accomplishment on the field. Nothing worse than a sore loser is a sore winner. Terrel Owens comes to mind.
As for this game and coach, if both sides played as hard as they could then there should be no apologies or embarrassment. That is the result. The team that lost learned a lesson that they are 100 points worse than the other and may never beat that team but if they trained harder or changed strategies they might be more competitive.
Here is an article where the author seems to suggest Asian students let up in schools because they are doing so much better than there counterpart students.
http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_11357452?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com
Speaking of sports, Debbie, what is your pick for the Super Bowl? I say Arizona.

californiascreaming on January 26, 2009 at 2:50 pm

I have traveled around the world. I saw the Third World and the First World.
And I can tell you that from what I saw, America is getting closer and closer to a type of a Third World country. Not just economically, but as a way of life.
Everything in America is regressing.
Many countries who were considered “Third World” are moving rapidly toward the “Second” or “First World” category.
I knew people who wanted eagerly to move to this country, but they changed their mind because after visiting America they couldn’t see much difference than their Third World nation.
Their government is moving toward Capitalism while America toward Socialism and probably Marxism.
And believe it or not, in some areas of daily life, there is more freedom in many Third World countries than in America.
I can go on and on about the degradation of America on all levels. If you live here like I do, you know what I am talking about.

Independent Conservative on January 26, 2009 at 3:43 pm

The day the major sports leagues pull this crap, is the sign that we have lost america to the psychonuts.
This kind of crap happens now with the youth baseball games. ETHER THERE IS A WINNER OR LOSER…OR DON’T PLAY THE DAMN SPORT AT ALL!!

Squirrel3D on January 26, 2009 at 3:46 pm

I’m not sure why we would want to take the tern ‘learning disabilities’ at face value, either. Nowadays the educational and PC bureaucracy has expanded the definition of ‘disability’ to include everything under the sun, in order to bilk the taxpayers for more money. Just like that stupid girl in medical school you wrote about some time ago who got special consideration when taking her tests, who knows what ‘disabilities’ really means? Maybe they just aren’t very bright, or they might have some kind of made-up condition that is meaningless like almost everything else the PC teachers and schools do.

c f on January 26, 2009 at 3:54 pm

Liberal stupidity plunges to new lows. You have to apologize for winning fair and square? The Covenant School administrators are a bunch of morons. Coach Micah Grimes can walk away with his head held high. Doing the right thing is its own reward and his achievement can never be taken away from him – no matter what the stupid people at the school he coached want to believe.

NormanF on January 26, 2009 at 4:44 pm

it’s like the scoreless soccer and baseball games for kids. so lets apply this to the super bowl, so no one gets upset lets not keep score. then everyone will feel better.
think of it the other way around, breaking down by period, the losing team did a hell of a job keeping the points down. they got 35 points and less each period and only got 12 in the 4th. if they had gotten the 100 points in the first period, yeah then that’s a problem, but that defense must have been working their ass’s off.

ender on January 26, 2009 at 9:28 pm

The term “learning disabilities” is hogwash. Its a different form of excuse for people who get low grades or don’t have learning aptitude.
Michael Phelps apparently had ADHD when he was in school. Few years later, he breaks world records. Oh, maybe his competitors swam very slowly and the Olympics officials had a special stopclock for ADHD people so that Phelps could have a chance to break a few world records!
I hope the coach gets his job, in a better school that rewards excellence with the appropriate reward.

anonymous twit on January 26, 2009 at 11:37 pm

anonymous twit:
I would like for you to meet my kids and their peers before you claim their condition is “hogwash”.

i_am_me on January 27, 2009 at 12:57 am

i_am_me, I wouold think your priority would be to shield your children from, rather than introduce them to, people who think like anonymous twit. Disabilities happen. Learning disabled is just the new PC term for what we called retarded when I was growing up. I had a childhood friend who was retarded. It didn’t affect his ability to use playground equipment or throw balls around. But it is true that more profoundly retarded kids may well have their physical abilities affected too.
Maybe the Dallas Academy should be on the Harlem Globtrotters schedule.
My brother is a clinical psychologist. He has told me that he will consistently deny this in public, but in private…in his words, “yeah, we call them tards.”

Richard on January 27, 2009 at 12:54 pm

i_am_me: I really apologize for the crappy remark I made earlier. I shouldn’t have lumped everyone in the same category.
Living in the DC area, I’ve met so many kids who play truant and some actually commit crimes. They conveniently blame all their behavior on their “learning disability”. Some of those kids actually smirk at cops and their principals while announcing their medical condition… and repeat their offenses over and over again. I’ve indirectly been a victim of kids like that who should be in jail, but are out in the open under the guise of ADHD and other medical conditions. The real meaning of that term has been lost recently.
And, I wouldn’t mean to pass that crass comment on children with real medical problems. Again, I really apologize. I’ll be more careful with my wordings.

anonymous twit on January 27, 2009 at 3:59 pm

FIRST OF ALL WHY WAS THE MATCH UP DONE IN THE FIRST PLACE? WHO EVER SAID IT WAS OK SHOULD BE FIRED FOR PUTTING THE COACH IN THIS POSITION.
SECOND, SO IS THIS WHATS REALLY WRONG WITH THE COUNTRY? THIS MENTALITY THAT WE SHOULD NOT ALLOW OUT CHILDREN TO BE THE VERY BEST THEY CAN BE? WHAT ABOUT THE PLAYERS ON THE WINNING TEAM? THEY ARE MADE TO FEEL GUILTY FOR PLAYING A GOOD GAME? GEEZ!
OUR COUNTRY USED TO BE, WORK HARD, BE DRIVEN TO SUCCEED, MAKE THE BEST PRODUCT, TEACH CHILDREN TO HAVE MORALS AND BE RESPECTABLE TO THEMSELVES AND OTHERS. FOLLOW THE LAWS OF THE GAME OF LIFE AND YOU WILL GO FAR.
NOW, ITS WE NEED TO HOLD BACK, DO NOT BE GREAT BECAUSE YOU MAY HURT SOMEONE’S FEELINGS!

Holly on January 27, 2009 at 8:05 pm

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