DALLAS --- Most coaches who win big are given contract extensions.
Not Micah Grimes, who recently found out there is such a thing as winning too big.
Grimes was head coach of the Covenant School girls basketball team that crushed Dallas Academy 100-0 on Jan. 13. Spectators at the game reported Covenant players shot three-pointers and pressed their weaker opponent deep into the fourth quarter.
The game has sparked an Internet firestorm where parents and pundits have weighed in on everything from athletic competition, religious values, honor and sportsmanship.
The Covenant School, which is private and Christian, issued an apology on its Web site last week:
...It is shameful and an embarrassment that this happened. This clearly does not reflect a Christ-like and honorable approach to competition... The school and its representatives in no way support or condone the running up of a score against any team in any sport for any reason. The school’s board members, Head of School Kyle Queal and Athletic Director Brice Helton have acted to ensure that such an unfortunate incident can never happen again...
Covenant announced it would formally forfeit the win, saying "a victory without honor is a great loss."
But the story took another twist on Sunday as Grimes sent an email to a newspaper. In that missive he said he disagreed with his school's position on the game.
"In response to the statement posted on The Covenant School Web site," Grimes wrote in the email. "I do not agree with the apology or the notion that the Covenant School girls basketball team should feel embarrassed or ashamed. 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."
Later that day, Grimes was fired.
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