First Televised Coach Interview and Game Video
Featured in OTL’s look at 100-0 Game
Sunday’s Outside the Lines (9 a.m. ET ESPN, noon ESPNEWS) will examine the 100-0 Texas high school girls basketball game, and present the first televised interview with the winning coach and never-before-seen video of the controversial game.
The game at issue, The Covenant School’s January 13, 2009 victory over Dallas Academy, drew attention nationally. Covenant coach Micah Grimes, who was fired 12 days after the game, tells Outside the Lines he was not trying to run up the score and explains measures he took to keep the margin from being even greater. OTL has obtained exclusive, edited game video from a Covenant player’s parent, who would not provide the entire game video. Daren Lyn reports.
“Do I believe it’s (100-0) running up the score? I think it’s a wide margin of victory.” – Micah Grimes, Covenant coach
“It was obvious that … we were playing a team that was, I should say, they were talented in a sense, but they were not basketball players. And, after I noticed that, we just pulled back and played a zone for the remainder of the game.” – Grimes
Daren Lyn: “When you reached 100 points, what were you thinking?”
Micah Grimes: “Let the game end. I’m never concerned about a score.”
Lyn: “Was 100 points a goal?”
Grimes: “(Emphatically) No. Never. No way. Absolutely not.”
Lynn: “You didn’t feel that you needed to apologize for your game. Why?”
Grimes: “’Cause we did everything the right way. As a coach, I took precautions. We did not do what everyone else thought we did. So, I felt deep down that there’s no way that we should apologize for something we knew we did not do.”
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