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Coach Tolbert (African American coach) is a locally iconic figure for the AHS basketball team. Before his illness and subsequent paralysis, he ran a boot camp like successful basketball program in the 80-90's. It was a one size fits (my way or the highway) style that provided structure for those with disadvantaged backgrounds. No racism existed, clean shaven, everyone wore white sneakers, shoes, royal blue shorts, and clean white t-shirts no matter if you were the University coaches kid or an child of the street. Some would argue if anything reverse racism existed. However, the discipline and demands were extreme and to say the least on the edge. It got good results from players lacking in potential. Any race was expected to tow the same line.
Fast forward twenty years and the coach's expectations have meet a new generation of students/parents. The demanding paternalistic/authoritarian style no longer can applied to the masses in today's culture. However, this style depends on control and so a coaches son will be a perfect example to the rest of the players. If you can reign in the most powerful, everyone else is likely to march along as well. Trooper is sticking up for his son who is being sat for not playing by the rules of the game. The coach is set in his ways and beliefs, but has met some with equally strong beliefs willing to challenge the system. Sad overall, nobody is going to win but neither side can easily back down. Trooper nor Coach Tolbert picked this fight, it was a matter of time and a clash of cultures.
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