Friday, January 30th, 2009 at 1:25 pm  |  19 responses

Coach Fired After Showing No Mercy

By Franklyn Calle

The head basketball coach of a girl’s high school basketball team in Dallas, Texas, was fired after refusing to apologize in an e-mail sent to various media outlets “for a wide-margin victory when my girls played with honor and integrity,” as he calls it. The “wide-margin victory” that he is speaking of is a 100-0 shutout win for Covenant High School over Dallas Academy on January 13th. Coach Micah Grimes disagrees with the statement signed by school officials, Kyle Squeal (head of school) and Chairman Todd Doshier, posted on the school website calling the victory “shameful.” The statement read: “It is shameful and an embarrassment that this happened. This clearly does not reflect a Christlike and honorable approach to competition.”

Grimes’ e-mail to the media said: “In response to the statement posted on The Covenant School website, I do not agree with the apology or the notion that the Covenant School girls basketball team should feel embarrassed or ashamed. We played the game as it was meant to be played. My values and my beliefs would not allow me to run up the score on any opponent, and it will not allow me to apologize for a wide-margin victory when my girls played with honor and integrity.”

The e-mail also described the way he saw the game go down: “We started the game off with a full-court press. After 3 minutes into play, we had already reached a 25-0 lead. Like any rational thinking coach would do, I immediately stopped the full-court press, dropped into a 2-3 zone defense, and started subbing in my 3 bench players. This strategy continued for the rest of the game and allowed the Dallas Academy players to get the ball up the court for a chance to score. The second half started with a score of 59-0. Seeing that we would win by too wide of a margin, running down the clock was the only logical course of action left. Contrary to the articles, there were only a total of four 3 point baskets made; three is the first quarter, and only 1 in the 3rd quarter. I continued to sub in bench players, play zone defense, and run the clock for the rest of the game.”

According to the USA Today, Dallas Academy has about 20 girls in its high school with 8 of them on the team. The academy consists of small class sizes to assist students who have “learning difficulties,” with problems such as attention spans or dyslexia.

Although Grimes was fired on Sunday, the same day he sent e-mails out to the media, it is still unclear if he was fired because of the e-mail in which he disagree with the school administration take on it as well as refuses to apologize.

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  • http://slamonline.com Hershey H20

    this man is a punk anyways

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy


  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    There is nothing wrong with the kids that go to Dallas Academy. Don’t let the media try and make it sound like they were pounding a team from the special olympics because they weren’t. It’s a school for rich kids who can’t act right in a normal private or public school enviroment so their parents make up excuses for them. This is b.s. and the other coach is the one who should be fired. If you don’t want to prepare to play the game, don’t have a basketball team, have P.E. class.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    This is sending me to the third demension of pissed off right now.

  • whooo!

    b. long, do you live in dallas? i’m guessing you do, but do you even know anything about dyslexia or a.d.d to make statements like that, cuz you’re just coming off as ignorant? it’s obviously not that they’re handicapped physically or something (michael phelps had a.d.d.), but i’m not gonna rag on kids for having learning disabilities. the bigger problem is why the hell those two teams are even playng against each other. they should be playing a small school on their level.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    @whoo!:Yes, I lived in Dallas for five years and have worked personally with kids who graduated from Dallas Academy. I understand that a.d.d. and dyslexia are real but I also understand that about half the kids in the world who supposedly have “a.d.d.” really just need their ass beat. Also I’d like a detailed explaination of how either one of those disabilities makes being a basketball player in more difficult.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Well, I guess if you where diyslexic you may have a harder time with clock management or understanding whether or not you were winning or losing but besides that I got nothing.

  • http://ungoinkillmepannuh.blogspot.com/ Esco

    Chris Kaman suffers from ADD…I guess that didn’t stop him from succeeding did it?

  • http://www.high.com Jeremy B-ball Fan

    If you are learning challenged you shouldn’t be playing against main stream students. The were clearly unprepared and risk injury.

  • whooo!

    b. long, the only issue i had was that you’re assuming these kids who are dyslexic are just “spoiled”, especially when public schools can’t provide them with the greater attention/help needed. in terms of basketball, it’s got NOTHING to do w/ b-ball. the only way it plays in is that because it’s a more specialized school, there’s only 20 girls in h.s. – so the team is gonna suck cuz you have nobody to choose from. their coach should not be taking games against ranked teams unless they expect the worse. again, athletes are successful despite ADHD or dyslexia, i’m not pitying them for that. you just kinda came off blaming kids with those problems for no reason.

  • whooo!

    actually it seems that the 100pt scoring team is a small school too, so that must be why they play each other. the girls at dallas acadamey just probably suck as athletes – and that has nothing to do w/ learning disabilities. i can see you getting angry that the media making it sound like the kids were mentally handicapped children or something, but you just came off so harsh against them for nothing too.

  • Mike

    I think the person at fault is the athletic director who schedules games against weak opponents. These two teams should have never played each other. Also this was a great opportunity for players on the team who never get to play to finally get some minutes. there are probobly some players on that team who fianlly got an opportunity to score in a game.
    The coach didn’t not know there was a rule against winning. Why don’t they just tell us the most points we are allowed to win by and we can stay under that number.

  • Joe

    Great to see the facts being reported here rather than the half-truths being spun out there by a sensationalist media trying to hang a guy out to dry so they can appear to take some moral high road. Why crucify a man over an unclear expectation? What rule did he really break? Mike is dead on: “The coach didn’t not know there was a rule against winning. Why don’t they just tell us the most points we are allowed to win by and we can stay under that number.”

    BTW, I don’t know how many times a team wins by more than 100, but it has happened more than some people think. For starters, check out this list (not all final margins are over 100, but they’re in there):

  • Nathalie

    @joe: and that list needs to be updated…how about epiphany prince in hs, cheryl miller, reggie for that matter..the list goes on and on…

  • Cburns

    yall need to just shut up

  • Mike

    Thanks Joe. I like how a coach can get fired now for losing to much or winning by too much. What is the right amount of winning?

  • that dude

    The thing that nobody seems to have brought up is the notion of condescenscion by ‘going easy’ on your opponent.

    Isn’t it righteous to play your hardest whenever you are out on the court?

    I mean I obviously understand the concept of controlling the game to save embarrassment for both teams, but in my experiences as a ball player, having the opponent’s last string running against you isn’t a great feeling either.

  • http://fjdslkf.com Jukai

    BTW: whoooo! just owned BLong.

  • Lan

    This story represents the part of the sports culture that is derived from…LA LA LAND! Jimmety Cricket, Dumbo, PANSY WORLD! The losing team should be EMBARRASSED for losing by that much and the SCHOOL OFFICIALS from the winning team should be EQUALLY EMBARRASSED not having a firm grip on reality and firing a WINNING coach! C’MON. How in H-E-Double Hockey sticks does a team not score 2 FREAKIN’ POINTS!? NO…the coach and/or athletic director from that team needs to be tarred-n-feathered. As far as the players; I don’t care if they have ears on their stomachs and only 3 good fingers, SOMEONE needs to throw the ball in the hoop at least 1 time! And then, we wouldn’t have heard about this story.