Prep Coach fired for his comments on 100-0 victory

January 26, 2009

Dallas (ChattahBox) — The girls basketball coach for the Covenant School in Dallas was apparently fired for commenting online about his team’s recent 100-0 victory. Covenant officials had posted an apology for the uneven score on the school’s Web site last Thursday in the wake of the school’s Jan. 13 game against Dallas Academy. A parent at the game said an assistant Covenant coach cheered wildly as the team hit three-pointers in the fourth quarter to edge closer to 100 points. The humiliated team, Dallas Academy, has only¬† eight girls on the team and 20 girls in the school, which specializes teaching students with short attention spans or dyslexia. The coach, Micah Grimes commented on a youth basketball Web site that Covenant officials should not have apologized for the team’s lopsided win over Dallas Academy.

“I respectfully disagree with the apology, especially the notion that the Covenant School girls basketball team should feel ’embarrassed’ or ‘ashamed,'” Grimes said in the online posting on flightbasketball.com. “We played the game as it was meant to be played and would not intentionally run up the score on any opponent.”

Covenant School headmaster Kyle Queal said coach Grimes was fired over the weekend. In reporting the firing, Queal, emphasized that former coach 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.

The Morning News said Grimes even acknowledged in his posting that he may be fired for his online comments.

“So if I lose my job over these statements, I will walk away with my integrity,” the coach, who was fired Sunday, said.


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