Internet delay bogs down realignment release

February, 2, 2012
2/02/12
1:33
PM CT
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas - The wonder of the Internet makes passing district realignment information across the state as easy as a click of a mouse.

However, the demand for the information caused even more chaos than was already prevalent at Birdville ISD Stadium, the meeting place for North Texas coaches and administrators.

As the minutes ticked past 9 a.m. Thursday, the UIL website failed to load on the computers and projectors in the meeting room and caused problems all around the state.

Coaches were forced to huddle around members of the media and Birdville administrators who received the alignment lists via email press release. As technology failed, the hundreds gathered in the large meeting room were forced to resort to the primitive resource of word-of-mouth communication to relay the information to new district partners.

Social media also blew up around the time of release as people who could not access the UIL website searched for the destination of their team.

UIL officials confirmed that the organization's website servers did not crash but were just overwhelmed by the volume of hits the site was receiving at the same time.

It didn't take long after the initial wave of intrigue for the page to load, allowing football and basketball coaches to settle into the new alignment that will go into play next fall.
Travis L. Brown covers high schools for ESPNDallas.com. He is a graduate of TCU, where he was sports editor of the student paper, The Daily Skiff.

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