Posted October 23, 2013

Parent files bullying report against Texas high school coach after 91-0 rout

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A parent has accused Aledo coach Tim Buchanan of bullying after a 91-0 rout. (Getty Images)

A parent has accused Aledo (Texas) football coach Tim Buchanan of bullying after a 91-0 rout. (Getty Images)

A parent of a Texas high school football player whose team ended up on the wrong end of a 91-0 rout has filed a bullying report against the winning team’s head coach, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Aledo coach Tim Buchanan said he received notice that a bullying report had been filed against him by a parent of an opposing player following the Bearcats’ 91-0 win over Fort Worth Western Hills on Friday.

Aledo, a three-time Class 4A state champion, is ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press statewide poll. The Bearcats have outscored their opponents by an average of 77 points in each of their four district games, including 84-7 wins over Fort Worth Arlington Heights and Fort Worth Wyatt.

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Buchanan told the Star-Telegram the margins of victory are troublesome for him and his coaching staff.

“I’m upset about it,” Buchanan said. “I don’t like it. I sit there the whole third and fourth quarter and try to think how I can keep us from scoring.”

Aledo rushed for 391 yards and eight touchdowns against Western Hills.  One running back scored four touchdowns on four carries. Aledo quarterbacks attempted just 10 passes. Aledo also dominated Western Hills in special teams play, with one player returning consecutive punt returns for touchdowns.

Buchanan told the Star-Telegram he removed his offensive starters after 21 plays and both teams agreed to use a running clock in the second half.

It’s believed to be the first time a bullying report has been filed involving a Texas high school football game.

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From the Star-Telegram:

By state law, Aledo and all school districts must provide a bullying report form on their website. Aledo’s principal has to investigate the allegations reported and prepare a written report of the investigation, determining whether bullying occurred. Buchanan said he has the support of the Aledo administration. But he didn’t dismiss the serious nature of the report.

“I have to address it,” Buchanan said. “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.”

Western Hills coach John Naylor told the Star-Telegram on Sunday that he was unaware of the report, and disagreed with the allegations. His team entered the Aledo game outmanned, dressing about 30 varsity players.

“I think the game was handled fine,” Naylor said. “They’re No. 1 for a reason, and I know coach Buchanan. We’re fighting a real uphill battle right now.”

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159 comments
Diane5
Diane5

Despite whether this was or wasn’t a case of bullying, though many who commented would agree that it wasn’t, bullying does exist in sports and in the lives of children.One take-away here is an opportunity for parents to talk with their teenagers on winning, losing..and yes bullying. Check out inspireconversation.com for ideas and tools on how to talk with your children. Perhaps a good chat between father and son after the game may have fostered a different outcome.

 

ArrowSmith
ArrowSmith

Fort Worth Arlington Heights and Fort Worth Wyatt teams suck. Stop crying and get out of the football business because you clowns are horrible. 

ArrowSmith
ArrowSmith

“I’m upset about it,” Buchanan said. “I don’t like it. I sit there the whole third and fourth quarter and try to think how I can keep us from scoring.”

A coach should never have to think of ways to stop his team from scoring. What a stupid thing to have a coach do. If the losers are all butt hurt let them buy suave and rub it in until the pain stops. 


ArrowSmith
ArrowSmith

Fort Worth Western Hills needs to drop football now. They suck.

ArrowSmith
ArrowSmith

From the readings of the game the Coach of the winning team did all he could to keep the score down. The opposing coach was to blame for field such a sorry excuse of a team to begin with. The winning coach played everyone on his team and he should have played the Cheerleaders, water-boy, and others as well. It is the responsibility of the losers to put up a fight and not just lay down like the wuzzy they are. 

gwood99
gwood99

Seems like a league issue.  Regardless of student enrollment, it might be best for all concerned if Aledo moved up a division.

Michael10
Michael10

You think that's bullying? Wait till the other players find out whose dad turned the team's embarrassment into a national headline...

chipdavis
chipdavis

Parents don't know when to shut their pie hole. 

AshleyLawton
AshleyLawton

This is the reason why teams have stopped keeping score of kids games. Crazy parents are a liability and a bad example.

EricRivera
EricRivera

As a former player and a coach I have been on both sides of games like that, And as a coach I remember one game I had my players take a knee in the third quarter and the other coach told me to run my plays so I did with 2nd and 3rd stringers and we still scored 4 more times. I did not try to run the score up but it just happened. IN New Mexico they have put in a rule if you team is up by 35 points the clock continues to run and will not stop, Once your team goes up by 50 points the game will end only after the 2nd half. But at time there will be scores that are 72 to 0 even 80 to 0 at half time. There should be a rule at a current point to stop the game when it is out of control. 

JohnnyBlack
JohnnyBlack

BULLYING???!!! For crying out loud it's an effing football game! I guess with that stupid and moronic logic, you can say that Georgia Tech is guilty of BULLYING Syracuse (56-0), or Alabama BULLYING Arkansas (52-0). WTF has this country turned into, and why do they even give this parent consideration enough to make it to the sports wire?

smandel81
smandel81

Maybe the Aleda Bearcats football team needs to be advanced a level or two in their Division status, so they are playing against teams more evenly matched to their skill level. It's not fair for the players who have practiced hard day after day and week after week, to be "benched", because their team is ahead by too much. Occasionally a win with that big of a point spread, is an ego booster. But when it happens continuously, it's not fun for the winning team either.

Dbocalypse
Dbocalypse

That is weak. How embarrassing for the parent to file a complaint. It's an embarrassing loss, it happens in life, but if you are going to complain and whine everytime you get beat then in my opinion that is a terrible example to set for the kid playing football. The losing school should try to intervene if they can. Wow.

Jules de la Zazette
Jules de la Zazette

This Dad is a p***y. Plain and simple. One too many sensitivity retreats, I'm guessing. Maybe his kid should play another sport -- that way Dad wouldn't have to watch his son get his a** kicked every Friday night. 

Bucky182
Bucky182

Garbage. It's not running up the score if you run 21 plays with your starters and sit them. The winning coach needs to instill value in his players, too. Is he just supposed to kneel on the ball for three-and-a-half quarters? That would insult the other team even more. You have to feel bad for the losing team but you cannot tell your JV players to coast. It is the defense's job to stop the offense. If they're running three-quarter speed plays and returning punts than what do you do? Terrible move by whomever filed this bullying report. Absolute garbage. I'm tired of everyone getting a ribbon. It's called sportsmanship. Even the winning coach has it.

Big Foot
Big Foot

I suggest the cry baby Dad complaining his baby getting beat 91-0 should play marbles.

ShawnKemp2012
ShawnKemp2012

Why...WHY didn't this jerk of a coach assign his players to hug patrol?!?!  That's what my coach does!  When we're up 20 we begin hugging the other players.  EVERYONE WINS.  What a jerk.  This parent is SO right.  

JesseGlines
JesseGlines

The parent that filed the complaint should have a complaint filed against them for drawing extra attention to the game which in turn is bullying. Hands down the most pathetic example of rewarding mediocrity all year. If I was destroyed in a game growing up guess what, it was motivation to work harder and not get embarrassed for failing like the first time. To add to it, there's no question the kid whose parent filed this complaint is far more embarrassedaboutthe complaint than their loss in the game. I know I would be

AmericanYeehawd
AmericanYeehawd

DipsyyDoodle you gotta be kidding me. First off your comment of "AND ABILITY TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX to pull his starters, which he did (finally)" is BS, he pulled the first team after the first quarter then inserted the second team and then played all of the third stringers shortly thereafter. What do you want him to do, tell the team to take a knee every play? That would be a bigger insult to the other team. Even Western Hill's coach said he didn't have a problem with how the game was handled. Nobody but this one parent and a few of you liberal whiners have a problem with this. 

Had Aledo NOT pulled their starters early on and gone on a passing attack the game very well could have been 150+ to 0 and THEN and ONLY then would I say the score was run up. No, those of you who want everyone to be 'winners' needs to realize that's not how things are in the real world. Grow up, grow a pair and quit trying to raise children who are mediocre. 

guido5262
guido5262

With the majority pretty much agreeing that this is wrong and kids need to learn how to fail and need to work hard to get better and winning actually does matter and they're not all winners just for participating. Why don't anybody step up or all of us step up and voice our opinions and when we are being, for lack of a better word  bullied into letting these bleeding heart liberals tell us we should feel bad for wanting our children want to strive to be better than others and be winners and don't want to be rewarded for just participating. I'm not a conservative, I vote independent and have some liberal and some conservative views. But I see what is happening in this country and am just sickened more and more by it everyday.

DipsyyDoodle
DipsyyDoodle

This isn't about the other team! This is about the "leadership" of the winning coach. Of course you want your kids to play hard and to their best ability. But there are so many ways to challenge players, and after they have padded their lead and then some, coach needs to have the class, sportsmanship quality, AND ABILITY TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX to pull his starters, which he did (finally), and give his last string the rest of the game. If they are still killing the other team, coach needs to give each (or some) kid(s) new playing assignments: The kid whose been dying to try quarterback gets to play. The offensive lineman gets to play receiver - all with safety in mind, of course, but enough of those players know enough about other positions that it is a workable solution. There are so many ways to stretch the kids and challenge them without disgracing themselves by running up the score to a ridiculous margin, because it is not the other team who should be embarrassed; it is the disgraced coach who has shown he has no other way to promote athletic skills and challenges than to run up the score. Why couldn't his kicker try a 45 yard field goal, for example? He just sets it up at halftime that they are going to try new things for the second half and that it will develop them as players. Finally, the bullying rule might be a stretch but here's the thing: the laws that come into place are a result of people not doing the right thing enough of the time that a higher authority needs to put a check in place. If the coach just did the right moral thing, going for the win without running up the score, there would not need to be a check on that. But he doesn't, and he abuses his power and situation, makes a mess of things, and so now someone has to do something drastic to bring attention to the fact that the "leadership" of the coach is poor and that he can't think of another way to continue in the game without running up the score. It is disgusting and is alarming that the kids on that team learn that when you have a weaker team, the only thing to do is to score as many points as possible before the clock runs out. What a missed opportunity to model class, grace, creative solutions, and knowing when enough is enough. Shame on the coach and his staff and his blind supporters.

guido5262
guido5262

This is just a microcosm of what is wrong with this country as a whole. Every single complaint has a voice now and can't be offended or have their feelings hurt. This country is just soft now. How about we get a little backbone left and grow a set and stop worrying about if anybody is going to get offended. This is ridiculous.

Jeff63
Jeff63

this parent's kid is going to grow up to be a colossal failure

JasonMethod
JasonMethod

...and the wussification of America movement rolls on...

wvublue
wvublue

Think what the score would have been if Aledo hit their free throws. But it still doesn't top the most lopsided score in college--222-0 Georgia Tech over Oglethorpe. 

wildcatdave
wildcatdave

The parent filing the lawsuit should be ashamed of themselves. The team that got clocked 91-0.....learn some football fundamentals like blocking and tackling, fire the coach, or disband the team.

ShermanShermanov
ShermanShermanov

I'd bet good money that the mother filing this complaint has one embarrassed son in her house. I'd also bet money that the kid has next year's date with Aledo circled on his calendar.

Moms need to stop helicoptering and let kids grow up. You aren't raising boys and girls. You're raising men and women.

jacksonatl
jacksonatl

It's not bullying...just classless.  It's Texas though...why am I not surprised.

DirtyPaw
DirtyPaw

Another example of feminizing the American male. When will it end? When they castrate us?

harrysamuel
harrysamuel

Just how many STATE champions are there every year in Texas? This is not brain surgery, I have watched many coaches recruit players from outside the district, use fake addresses. Others get their team rated as 2A when they are 5A to beat the crap and win a STATE TITLE. As a sports photographer I have seen it from 6 year old teams through high school. I have watched winners who are turned into just nasty human beings who would play handicap kids to assure a win. I have also seen some really GREAT PLAYERS put aside winning to make history.

http://www.usatodayhss.com/news/article/vickery-creek-surprises-joseph-brunelle-with-wheelchair-game

I was a player many years ago, and have spent a lifetime in or around sports. The players from Vickery Creek will go much farther in life than the players in this game ever will. And judging from the comments here, the parents are as ignorant as the players they are raising.

ArrowSmith
ArrowSmith

@gwood99 How about the losing team quit football all together. Stop blaming the winning team and making stupid comments about them having to move up. 

ArrowSmith
ArrowSmith

@smandel81 hell no the winning team should not move up in class. Just because you win does not mean that team needs to move up. The sorry excuse loser team needs to get better coaching and players. Stop making idiot excuses for the losers. 

Salty
Salty

@AmericanYeehawd  It is not liberals who are whining. I am a liberal and I agree with you 100%. It is a competitive sport. Someone has to win and someone has to lose.  The people who have a problem with this are going to have lots of problems in life.

duckfan59
duckfan59

@DipsyyDoodle..Dipsy said ...."coach needs to have the class, sportsmanship quality, AND ABILITY TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX to pull his starters, which he did (finally), and give his last string the rest of the game. "

Maybe you missed this nugget: "Buchanan told the Star-Telegram he removed his offensive starters after 21 plays and both teams agreed to use a running clock in the second half."

Did you even bother to read the story first?

Jules de la Zazette
Jules de la Zazette

@DipsyyDoodle From all the reports I've read and heard, this coach and his team did all they could NOT to score. But if the other team sucks so bad that you can't HELP but score, well, that's life. Maybe the other teams should drop down a league — or Aledo should move up.  

Bottom line is that we've become a country of WIMPS, and this generation of kids has grown up being awarded medals and ribbons and trophies just for PARTICIPATING in a sport — forget about ACCOMPLISHMENT. 

Jeez, if this parent had filed this report 20 years ago, he'd have been laughed out of the building. And then the other Dads would have beat the s**t out of him behind the gym.  What a p***y.

TheRev78
TheRev78

@DipsyyDoodle I have to wonder:  Are you the person who filed the charges? That's the only explanation that would cause your comments to make any kind of sense. I've been on both ends of lop-sided scores, as a player and a coach. I would be TEN TIMES more humiliated if the other team started playing their linemen at wide receiver. That makes me and my team look like an even bigger joke. Also, the kids who are playing third-string earned their way on to the team and earned the chance to play--so you reward them by telling them to give a weak effort? I'm sorry, but you do not have a clear understanding of the game. The man pulled his starters and gave his other players a chance. They RAN THE CLOCK NON-STOP in the second half. The man did all that he could do to not run up the score, and he did absolutely nothing immoral or unethical--and was less insulting to the opponent than he would have been by taking your suggestions. It's a difficult lesson, but this is big boy football and sometimes you lose--huge. Not a single one of the kids from the other team is going to suffer a bit. They'll go to practice, play the next game, learn from this and get better. Their own coach isn't upset about it, just some momma who is worried that her baby boy got beat. It's a natural parental instinct, but this is taking instinct way over the line. I feel sure that her son is more humiliated by her actions than he is by the loss.

jamesfields999
jamesfields999

@DipsyyDoodle - you are an idiot and clearly you can not read and/or comprehend the written word. Nor do you have a working knowledge of the game of football. Please read again that the coach pulled his starters after just 21 plays. Also note that the entire second half he is looking for ways to slow things down  -  however, when you score on four straight running plays, there isn't much one can do. What do you suggest? that the team take a knee with every snap? wouldn't that be far more embarrassing?  added, you don't just take 'linemen and make them receivers' - football is not baseball. All that said, the coach also agreed to a running clock (I have to suspect you have no idea what that means).    If you could understand what was relayed in the story, you'd have seen that the coach did all he could to control the situation - but clearly, you could not. Instead, you take it upon yourself to decide that everyone needs to be equal and that even the lesser team needs to be allowed to win  -  this, of course, is not how the real world works. (also - go back and re-read the comments of the other schools coach)


john7281
john7281

@DipsyyDoodle He could have done that too, but when he pulls the starters and has a runner who runs 4 times and ends up with 4 touchdowns, that is not on the coach of the winning team. That is showing the other coach is bad, or the players just suck that much. To me filing the bullying report over that is classless on the parent's part, and embarrassing to their child playing the game. Rather than file the report I would go to the school my child was at and try to get them to let the current coach go and get a new coach, to me that is common sense and what a reasonable would do. 

jamesfields999
jamesfields999

@guido5262 well said  -  I wonder what would happen in the Super Bowl if the Bears and Pats of 1985 played today  -  'oh, Coach Ditka, you have to put in your reserves because the Pats will be have their feelings hurt if they lose so badly '  -  geez

StevePerry
StevePerry

@wildcatdave It isn't a lawsuit.  They filled out a complaint form on the schools website.  Reedin are hards.

wildcatdave
wildcatdave

@jacksonatl  If the coach kept his starters in the whole game, that would be classless. He didn't.  The team that got clocked 91-0 just sucks.

bring_back_the_sanity
bring_back_the_sanity

@harrysamuel You're off base on the Texas school classification ratings, Harry. Maybe such things happened years ago, but now the UIL watches a school's enrollment numbers very carefully to minimize such antics, and districts even tend to encourage high attendance on the days the enrollment will be tabulated, because it can mean significant differences in state and federal aid.  I've seen these shady practices more often happen up north, where some of the athletic powerhouses among the private schools will "recruit" players from the public school ranks.

Also, to answer your other question:  There are numerous state football championships in Texas every year. due to the number of schools competing and the wide range of enrollments.  The several classes (1A small schools through 5A very large schools) are broken down into two divisions each for the playoffs, starting with 64 teams each and going through six playoff rounds to reach a champion.  So, there are 10 state champions among 11-man football teams (remember, there are a huge number of high schools in Texas). There are also playoffs for schools that play 8-man football, and for private and parochial schools.  It's done that way to avoid gigantic schools destroying tiny schools.  In this case, Aledo was playing a school in its own UIL district, which was created among schools of comparable enrollment, so the disparity was in talent, effort, and/or coaching, not school size.

BearsIn2013
BearsIn2013

@wildcatdave @jacksonatl agreed.  What was this coach supposed to do?  Pretend like he was playing 5 year olds and fall as soon as they were touched and miss tackles on purpose.  C'mon Man!  He took all his starters out.  That was just a REALLY BAD team.

john7281
john7281

@BearsIn2013 @wildcatdave @jacksonatl The coach I think showed a lot of class by pulling the starters and just running it. He wasn't trying to run up the score, it's not his fault the other coach and/or team wasn't good enough to keep them from scoring on runs. Hell the team had a player who ran 4 times and had 4 touchdowns, that isn't on the coach of the winning team. That just shows how poor of a coach the other team had, or how bad the players were. To me filing the bullying report was classless, and if i was that kid I would quit playing football, cause that is embarrassing.