Blocking, tackling and bullying?
Bullies torment American youth — and not just over the Internet.
But it’s difficult to take this particular bullying complaint seriously: The parent of a player on the Fort Worth Western Hills High School football team filed it against Aledo High School coach Tim Buchanan after the mighty Bearcats rampaged to a 91-0 romp over the hapless Cougars last Friday night.
Aledo is 7-0, ranked No. 1 among all Class 4A Texas teams, and averaging nearly 70 points a game. Yet the rout routine has become a problem for Coach Buchanan, who told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Monday: “I’m upset about it. 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.”
And now, thanks to an overly sensitive mother’s complaint, Aledo’s principal must investigate the bullying allegation under state law and file a written report.
However, Western Hills Coach John Naylor disputed the notion that his team was a bullying victim after falling behind 56-0 at halftime.
He explained that Aledo pulled its starters early, adding: “I think the game was handled fine. We just ran into a buzzsaw, you know. [Aledo] just plays hard. And they’re good sports, and they don’t talk at all. They get after it, and that’s the way football is supposed to be played in Texas.”
Meanwhile, as of this writing, there have been no reports that any parent of a Clemson player has filed a bullying complaint against Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher since his Seminoles’ 51-14 stomping of the Tigers Saturday night at Death Valley.
Then again, Fisher did keep star quarterback Jameis Winston in the game with less than five minutes left and a 48-7 lead.
And Clemson coach Dabo Swinney did show signs of lingering emotional trauma Tuesday when he preposterously contended that if the Seminoles and Tigers played 10 times, “we’d probably win five, they’d probably win five.”