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Aledo football coach Tim Buchanan accused of bullying after 91-0 win

Aledo (Texas) High School football coach Tim Buchanan was accused of bullying by a parent of an opponent following his team’s 91-0 win over Western Hills last Friday night.

Buchanan has been the coach at Aledo for 21 years and his team is 7-0 and currently ranked No. 1 in the state. They won the state championship from 2009-2011. They have outscored opponents by an average of 62 points per game this season, but they were never officially accused of bullying until this week.

Aledo footballBuchanan says he received an email Saturday morning from a school administrator regarding the bullying report, which was filed online by the parent of a Western Hills player following the blowout loss.

“We all witnessed bullying first hand, it is not a pretty sight,” the parent wrote in the complaint, per WFAA.

“I did not know what to say on the ride home to explain the behavior of the Aledo coaches for not easing up.”

The school is required to investigate the situation, but they likely won’t find just cause for action. Why? Buchanan says he was trying not to score in the second half and the opposing coach even said he appreciated that the coach didn’t score more knowing that they could have.

“I think the game was handled fine,” Western Hills coach John Naylor told the Fort Worth Star Telegram. “They’re No. 1 for a reason, and I know coach Buchanan. We’re fighting a real uphill battle right now.

“We just ran into a buzzsaw, you know,” Naylor said. “[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.”

They went to a running clock in the third quarter, which is when all of Aledo’s starters were pulled. They began having the punt returners call for fair catches (their punt returner scored on consecutive returns earlier in the game). Buchanan says they ran fewer than 32 offense plays in the game. He says their star running back only had five carries and scored three times. Their top receiver only had one catch and scored on it.

Maybe it’s time to bump Aledo up to a tougher division so they can play teams on their level. And seriously, give me a break with this bullying nonsense.

Coach K didn’t appreciate question about Team USA running up score

Team USA basketball had a record-setting win over Nigeria at the London Olympics on Thursday, but they couldn’t completely enjoy the near-flawless performance.

The US won 156-73 and set records for most points, three-pointers, field goals, and highest field-goal percentage in an Olympic game. But just because the team was extraordinarily hot during the game doesn’t mean they were trying to humiliate their opponent. And if you suggested that to Coach K, he was not happy.

Mike Krzyzewski became defensive when asked in the postgame news conference about the team running up the score.

“We didn’t play LeBron [James] and Kobe [Bryant] in the second half, and with Carmelo shooting like that, we benched him,” Krzyzewski said, per Yahoo! Sports. “We didn’t take any fast breaks in the fourth quarter, and we played all zone. You have to take a shot every 24 seconds, and the shots we took happened to be hit.

“I take offense to this question because there’s no way in the world that our program in the United States sets out to humiliate anyone.”

Nigeria actually had some decent talent on the team — Al-Farouq Aminu, Ike Diogu, and Tony Skinn — but that’s nothing compared to a squad full of first-team All-NBA players, especially when they were on fire.

Questions about teams running up the score should only come if there are clear signs that a team was acting unsportsmanlike. I don’t believe that was the case here and, man, I wouldn’t want to be the one accusing Coach K of that in the future.