BOTH High School Basketball Teams Tried to Lose the Same Game
Two girls high school basketball teams in Tennessee have been banned from the playoffs because they were apparently both trying to lose the same game.
The coaches of each team advised the players that it would be better if they lost the Saturday night game.
Both teams were trying to avoid playing the top-seeded school in an elimination game.
Fox News reported:
It was unclear what gave it away: one team intentionally missed 12 of its 16 free-throw attempts; the other did everything it could to avoid crossing half court in order to get called for a 10-second violation. One player stood inside the paint and motioned to the ref to call a 3-second violation.
The schools, Riverdale and Smyrna, were placed on restrictive probation by the Tennessee Secondary Athletic Association because it was determined both teams tried to lose Saturday's game.
Although both schools pleaded with the organization to allow their players to continue on without the head coaches, the decision to remove both teams from the playoffs stems from the actions of the players, Bernard Childress, the TSSAA executive director, told The Tennessean.
Mike Baker sounded off about the controversy on "Outnumbered" today.
"I would hope that they would find new coaches for next season," Baker said. "Being a father of kids, I would be disgusted. I would be sad if it was my kid. You're in high school you should know better. I'm sad that those kids didn't on their own put their hand up and say 'coach no we're going to win this game, you don't do that.'"
He added that pulling them out of the playoffs is appropriate.
"You got to draw the line somewhere," Baker said. "We're getting to the point where nothing is a problem."
Watch the video above to hear the full discussion on "Outnumbered."