I know a lot of people have been outraged by this story and think this coach should never be allowed to participate in sports again, I vehemently disagree. Someone scheduled this game with the knowledge that the opponent hadn't won a game in over 4 years. Someone made the concious decision to allow this game to happen. Someone assumed that the athletes, who are taught to play and win, would not jump at the opportunity to blow out their much weaker opponent.
Listen, I am a big fan of sportsmanship and doing the right thing. I know that nobody wants to be beaten by 100 points. I know that many of you out there believe they should have called off the dogs after they built a 59 point halftime lead. My response to all of you would be this, this was a lesson to the administrators who planned this outrageous sporting event. I am very upset and disappointed that these young women were beaten so badly, and I think it's absolutely awful. The difference between you and I is that I don't blame the coach, I blame the organizer's.
Do you think Duke would schedule a regular season game against a Freshman High School team? Of course not. This was VARSITY Women's basketball and the girls on the winning team have nothing to be ashamed of other than the fact that they are associated with those who planned the game. I have coached AAU basketball, and it's very difficult as a coach to be a part of a lopsided youth basketball game. The team I coached won 2 State Championships and was very talented. We played a team from the nearby township once that was just a group of kids who wanted to have fun and play a little basketball in the process. After taking a 20-0 lead in the first 3 minutes of the game, I took out all 5 starters and they didn't play again for the rest of the game.
We played the entire second half with only 4 players. The final score was 67-5. The moral of the story is that I should never have agreed to play the game in the first place, and the kids on the other team were demoralized by the loss. As a coach, that was one of the worst feelings I ever had. Not because my kids played hard and won the game, but because I allowed it to happen to begin with. In High School athletics, kids are taught to play hard, shut up ,and do what they're told. When you tell them to take the court and play the game, they are going to do so. If you don't want things like this to happen, then don't ask your athletes to take the floor against an extremely inferior or an extremely superior opponent. It's as simple as that. This is a sad situation that punished all the wrong people. Specifically the girls who played the game, unassuming and unaware of what they were being asked to do, on both benches. Of course it's bad to lose this game, but it's just as hard for the girls who won the game. They did nothing wrong and now this story has gained a tremendous amount of exposure which will subject them to unfair criticism. It's really sad for all involved.