The topic of teams not giving a best
effort or even "tanking" has been abundant in professional sports
circles for years. Especially considering when better draft positions
are at stake.
Now, two Tennessee girls basketball
teams have been banned from their postseason tournament for allegedly
trying to lose the same game in order to avoid top seed Blackman, the
No. 3 team in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 national
to the Associated Press
, Smyrna and Riverdale were fined
$1,500 each Monday and placed on a year's probation by the Tennessee
Secondary School Athletic Association.
defeated Riverdale 55-29 on Saturday and was set to play Blackman.
See tweets below with video from the game
In a letter to school principals, TSSAA Executive
Director Bernard Childress wrote that the teams "made a mockery" with
intentional turnovers off various violations and missed free throws. The
referee also reported he stopped play, ordering the coaches not to make
a travesty of the game with a Smyrna player about to shoot at the wrong
According to Childress, the referee wrote in
his game notes that "both teams obviously didn't want to win and it
More from Childress: "High school
athletic programs are meant to teach students ethics, integrity,
sportsmanship, morals and values. … This situation defeated the purpose
of educational-based athletics."
both schools apologized and acknowledged the game was "not in the
spirit of fair play."