The athletic director at Northeast Ohio College Prep, whose girls basketball team got national attention for a 107-point loss and the class it showed afterward, has been removed from his duties, according to multiple reports.
Gilmour Academy (Gates Mills, Ohio) beat NEO 108-1 in a girls sectional semifinal basketball game Wednesday night. The game got national attention, including from USA TODAY High School Sports. Gilmour coach Bob Buetel said the team did not run the score up and did everything it could to respect the game and the opponent. Northeast released a statement saying the school “is extremely proud of the comraderie and sportsmanship that our team displayed during and after the game.”
However, school administrators clearly were not happy with the result and the attention and it cost Justin Shullick his job. USA TODAY High School Sports reached Shullick on Thursday morning after the game. He said he was “running to a meeting” and would call when the meeting was over. He never returned the call.
In a statement released to Fox 8 in Cleveland and cleveland.com, the school, “We strive to assure that our athletic program is as successful as our academic model. … We took steps that would move our athletic program in a new direction. While we cannot discuss any personnel matters, we felt it was necessary to embark upon a different path regarding our athletic department. We are always seeking additional support that will enhance our athletic programming and offer opportunities for our scholars to be successful not only with their academics, but also with their athletic interests.”
Northeast Ohio Prep has been in existence as a school for five years and this is the third season for girls basketball. The roster had eight players, most freshmen. The team finished 1-12.
“These girls played with their heart. They didn’t play with an attitude; they didn’t give up; they kept encouraging each other on the floor. … The freshmen now are already talking that we are going to learn a lot from this game and they are going to come back.”