Columnist Rick Reilly from ESPN The Magazine says he’d like to clock him.
Danny Davis of The Austin American-Statesman says his team’s action were classless.
But Yates High coach Greg Wise couldn’t care less what those guys say. His Lions routinely rout lesser teams with a singular purpose — they’re looking for another state basketball crown.
Here’s what Reilly writes about Wise’s blow-’em-out coaching philosophy:
“Coach Wise is the hammerhead who believes it’s his right to toast other basketball teams by 100 points. Sometimes more. He thumped Lee High School this season by 135 points, 170-35. Wise’s team was up at the half, 100-12. And full-court pressed to the very end!
“Wise is to sportsmanship what tsunamis are to beach chairs. So far this season, he’s beaten teams by 135, 115, 99 (twice), 98, 90 and 88 points. Trying to get to 100 points in a crushing of Westbury, his players intentionally fouled to stop the clock.”
Davis says this:
“Routing a bad team doesn’t tell anyone that you’re a good team. It just serves as a reminder that your opponent is a bad team.”
Defending his high-scoring squad, Yates’ Wise is unapologetic:
“We are looking for another state championship, and we can’t get that unless we are continuing to get better and perfect our game,” said Wise, who has also seen his team score 163, 148 and 142 points in a game this season. “We aren’t scoring on other teams out of disrespect.”
Here’s the GHSA basketball “Mercy Rule,” which prevents Yates-like 170-35 blowouts from happening here in Georgia.
“E. MERCY RULE: In accordance with National Federation rule options, the second half of a game may be reduced to six (6) minute quarters, while using normal timing/scoring rules when:
(a) The point differential at halftime is forty (40) points or greater, and the coach of the trailing team wishes to have the “Mercy Rule” imposed.
(b) The point differential at the beginning of the fourth (4th) quarter is thirty (30) points or greater, the “Mercy Rule” will be invoked automatically.”
Texas’ high school sports governing body, the University Interscholastic League (UIL), currently has no boys’ basketball mercy rule.
Tell us: Reilly wants Wise disciplined by the Yates High principal for running up the score. Davis and the Houston Chronicle call for the UIL to implement a Mercy Rule. Does Wise deserve disciplinary action in some form or is he just playing the game at a higher level than his opponents?