Local coaches say it wasn’t bullying
One Texas high school football coach is being accused of bullying after a game last week that turned into a monumental rout.
The bullying report was filed after Aledo High School beat Fort Worth Western Hills 91-0 last Friday. That's even though coach Tim Buchanan pulled his starters in an attempt to keep the score down. Katy High football coach Gary Joseph told KTRH Buchanan wouldn't run it up.
“I don’t see him as the type of person that would embarrass any kids or embarrass anybody,” Joseph said.
Joseph says this wasn’t bullying at all.
“I think bullying has to be something that someone consciously does,” Joseph stated.
Klein Oak coach Dave Smith says Buchanan was in a tough spot.
“It’s tough to tell a group of young men not to go out and play hard even if you are telling backups that never get to play. You can’t tell them not to play hard,” Smith explained.
Smith says Buchanan did try to keep it from getting out of hand.
“They had a running clock and the coach pulled his starters. He tried to keep the score down.” Smith said.
KTRH Legal analyst Chris Tritico says for a parent to think this was bullying is wrong.
“Texas law allows these reports to be filed. But is anyone going to find this bullying? Absolutely not,” Tritico said.
Tritico says Buchanan was caught between a rock and a hard place.
“It’s a football team. He’s coaching kids to play hard all the time, which is what you have to do. When you are coaching young people you have to teach them to give 100% all the time,” Tritico explained.
There will be a hearing because the report was filed. But most don’t think it will go anywhere. And the losing coach says he has no problems with what Buchanan did either.