A “bullying football team” in Texas ran roughshod over their opponents last Friday, pummeling the other squad with 91 points and holding the opposing team scoreless. Now, some parents of players on the Fort Worth Western Hills High School football team say their overly-lopsided loss to the Aledo Bearcats came because their head coach is nothing but a big bully.
Texas high school football coach Tim Buchanan is dealing with a bullying complaint after at least one set of parents filed a formal charge with the school, accusing the coach of more than just piling on the points, reports Fox News on Oct. 22.
In part, the complaint from the anonymous parent read:
"We all witnessed bullying firsthand, it is not a pretty sight... I did not know what to say on the ride home to explain the behavior of the Aledo coaches for not easing up when the game was in hand."
Buchanan said he was shocked after being advised of the complaint.
“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 said.
But playing hard is what his teams are known for, and the aggregate scores this year bear that out. Buchanan’s Bearcats have outscored the opposition this year by a combined score of 485-47, NBC DFW reports.
Buchanan said he was not trying to embarrass the other team, and did in fact try to keep the score down. He put in his second and third stringers in the third quarter. At the same time, the coach doesn’t preach softness.
When asked why he didn't ease up on his players once it was clear the score was going to be a blowout, Buchanan said, “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.”
The Aledo High School football coach says there's nothing he could have done differently.
"It wasn't good for anybody," Buchanan said. "I've sat and gone over and over and over it on what we could have done differently. The score could have very easily been 150 to nothing."
What are your thoughts on what the coach could have done differently, if anything? Is he a bully?