Texas SD Leaves UIL
Deaf school drops out of the UIL AUSTIN (AP) - The Texas School for the Deaf unwilling to face the possibility of another 32-game football losing streak, is quitting the University Interscholastic League. TSD Executive Director Victor Galloway said Thursday that the "frustration of losing" is too big an obstacle for his students who "already have two strikes against them." The UIL decided this year to move TSD from Class 2A back to 3A, the division in which the TSD Rangers ran up the long gridiron losing streak. Galloway said it's a move his students can't face. "To go out on the court and leave after a bad loss is really demoralizing. It really defeats our purpose of trying to increase (TSD students) self-image " he said. The decision to bolt the UIL and seek membership in the Texas Association of Private Schools ends 10 roller-coaster years for the Rangers in UIL competition. As a TAPS member, the Rangers will be allowed to compete against UIL schools, according to UIL Director Bailey Marshall. It took the Austin school, a state supported facility, three decades to gain entry to the UIL. Until 1974, UIL officials refused to admit the school because its students were deemed too handicapped to compete Marshall said. ' The Rangers entered UIL as a Class 2A team in S l nd l id wel! for four y ears - Tne roof fell in in 1978 when TSD was bumped up to the larger Class 3A An 0-22 district football record and overall 32-eame losing streak followed. In 1982 TSD moved back to 2A and broke even in football, was a first-division finisher in basketball and won the 1983 district boys track title. This fall, when the UIL realigned, TSD was pushed back to the larger class. School officials protested saying the count unfairly included 35 multiply handicapped students who can't possibly comoete Those 35 put TSD over the maximum for 2A. ' But UIL officials refused to make an exception Marshall said there are other schools that have multiple handicapped students who are counted Marshall said TSD has been a good member and competed well in some sports. He said other schools have suffered through long losing streaks when they had "a run of bad athletes."