Christians Can’t Jump: Coach Grimes Fired for Beating Girl’s Basketball Team 100 To 0

thumb_basketball_large_basketball_beveled_seamNow, this could make for an wrongful termination lawsuit. Micah Grimes, the coach of Covenant School of Dallas, was reportedly fired after refusing to apologize for a 100 – 0 victory of his girls’ basketball team over Dallas Academy. He insists that it is ridiculous to apologize “for a wide-margin victory when my girls played with honor and integrity.” He was fired shortly thereafter.

Covenant, a Christian school, was mortified by the success of its girls. Kyle Queal, head of school, and board chair Todd Doshier signed a statement that “It is shameful and an embarrassment that this happened. This clearly does not reflect a Christlike and honorable approach to competition.”

Dallas Academy only has 20 girls in its high school and is winless over the last four seasons. The school includes students with “learning differences,” such as short attention spans or dyslexia.

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70 thoughts on “Christians Can’t Jump: Coach Grimes Fired for Beating Girl’s Basketball Team 100 To 0

  1. chris:

    “you are calling me a neo-con and a jackass. Seems to me that that is a little hypocritical.”

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    I called you no such thing(s). I said I didn’t need a neo-con to tell me how to handle a mismatch, and then I said that those who want to humiliate their opponents are jackasses. I fail to see how this means you, but if you feel the shoe fits, I am not one to argue. I did call you emotionally immature for supporting this coach, and I still hold to that belief.

    As for Coach Grimes’ alternatives, I count plenty as I move back up through the thread. One I didn’t mention was going to the timekeeper and, with the agreement of the coaches, running a continuous clock. I have done that myself several times without any complaint.

  2. You have no idea what my level of maturity is emotionally sir. Ive spent just about all of the past 3 years of my life in Iraq defending our country and your right to the beliefs that you hold. Disagreeing with you on this specific issues doesnt give you any insight as to my level of emotional maturity. Walk a mile in my shoes and then tell me about me.

  3. The man also said that he stopped pressing after the first three minutes when the score was 25-0. If he would have kept pressing the rest of the game the score would have been much higher than it was. Second he only had 3 subs. Basketball is a lot different than football, especially in high school, in the fact that basketball players tend to be more athletic. So switching the positions around would not fix the fact that one team was far superior than the other. Im not saying that i dont feel bad for those girls. Im just saying that it wasnt all Coach Grimmes fault, but he is the only one who lost his job. This was an issue way before Grimmes’ team even played against those girls, but everyone places all the blame on coach grimes.

  4. chris:

    Everyone here respects your service to the Country, but as I ‘m sure you’ve seen, your ideas stand on their own merit. Opining about your level of maturity may be over the top, but it is indisputable that this situation was over the top as well. I think the foundation of your opinion is revealed in your comment about the coach: “Im not saying that i dont feel bad for those girls. Im just saying that it wasnt all Coach Grimmes fault, but he is the only one who lost his job.” I agree with that sentiment, but as I ‘m sure your previous experience overseas taught you that positions of authority come with accountability for results. Or put another way, to whom much is given, much is expected. The coach was wrong here, and that the school delayed its decision until after public pressure was wrong as well. Ironically, the correct decision was made though. I admire your compassion, I just think it’s misplaced.

  5. The whole situation was handled irresponsibly, and to make it worse Covenant tried to make things all better by deflecting the responsibility to the coach instead of showing leadership and accepting some of the responsibility as an institution. Coach Grimmes was a scapegoat. I dont think he was innocent here, but i think a good portion of the blame falls on the athletic director as well as the administration of dallas acadamy.

  6. Chris, I’m late but submitting anyway.

    Thanks for your service overseas.

    Coach Grimes formerly of Covenant School of Dallas could’ve managed differently. Please don’t take my word for it; here is an article that quotes high school basketball coach Doyle Wolverton, who has an overall varsity record of 1,075-171 and is fourth all-time among high school basketball coaches in victories.

    http://www.starherald.net/sports/local_story_028152730.html/resources_printstory

    Chris, when Coach Grimes disagrees with the administration he could’ve managed that differently too. He has the choice to do it privately or publicly. He chose to air his grievance publicly (e-mailing the newspaper his position about the apology and the out come of the game.)

    This quote from Coach Grimes seems inconsistent to me, Grimes wrote in the e-mail, according to the newspaper. “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 score after the 1st quarter 29-00
    1st half 59-00
    3rd quarter 88-00
    Final 100-00
    If that’s not running up the score what is? Coach Grimes has a maturity issue to work thru, along with finding a new job.

    Chris, did you know this site was voted ABA Journal number one in 2008? The people who post here have fantastic hearts and laser like minds. I encourage you to keep coming back, I find the perspectives expressed here exceptional!

  7. If you look at the scores that the dallas academy has had in the past, they are almost all blow outs comparable to this one, yet non of them made the national media. Non of the coaches of the other schools are in danger of loosing their jobs, and im sure that there were no apologies either. There is so much anger that has been directed toward coach grimmes, and while i dont think he is totally innocent, no body will even consider that the majority of the blame should be placed on dallas academy.

  8. Couldn’t Dallas Academy have made at least *one* basket at any one point in the game? I mean, even by luck?

    If the answer is a “no,” if all their baskets in previous games were “given” to them by the other team – as their coach said at one point – then can you really call what they do a sport?

    And as a side note: now that Dallas Academy has finished its rounds in the news media, they decide to drop their “play till the end” attitude and withdraw from girls basketball for the rest of the season. Great sportsmanship there. That’s right, kiddos, it’s okay to give up if you got beat pretty bad. This is your life lesson, learn it well!

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