No good served by remarks made by former Oklahoma high school football coach

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: December 6, 2013
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Stanford White spent nearly 30 years coaching more than football at Douglass High School. He taught his players that the game “is just a tool that helps you get ready for life,” one of his former players, current Douglass coach Willis Alexander, said when White retired in 2004.

Which makes White's comments following the Trojans' semifinal loss to Poteau in the Class 4A playoffs all the more disappointing. Douglass lost 27-20 Saturday in a game that saw three Trojan scoring plays wiped out by penalties. In all, they had 15 penalties for 110 yards. Poteau had six for 50 yards.

The game was played in McAlester, a neutral site. In a comment posted below the game story on NewsOK.com, White noted “the obvious bias” shown by the officials and reminded Trojan fans that “the game was played in a redneck part of a ‘Red' state and the zebras were just doing what comes naturally to some of them ... having Obama flashbacks and started ‘taking their country back.'”

He went on to ask what reaction Poteau fans would have had “if they had settled down in their seats to watch a game and were greeted by four BLACK officials.”

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by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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