You may remember a post from two years ago, called Repairings in Elementary Nationals, in which James Black's first round opponent did not show up, and insanity ensued.
This time no one seemed to have had malicious intent, but a strangely similar thing happened to the same person last weekend:
James Black was the second seed in the K-9 open. Five pre-registered players did not show up for round one, and it is USCF policy to repair players without opponents. The 5 players had ratings of 2300 (James), 1800, 1600, 1100, and 900. The TDs paired the 1800 with the 1100, the 1600 with the 900, and gave James a bye. Their reasoning was that this kept the pairings as close as possible to what they would have been originally (the cut for round one was about 1730). I protested, as it seems very strange to me that the top seed should be left unpaired, especially as that has a serious potential effect on his tiebreaks. Modified median is the first tiebreak, and while MM drops the lowest score, it seemed like a big disadvantage to concede that in round one. It also seemed like it would potentially affect the 2nd seed much more than a 900, and so the bye should have gone (as it pretty much always should) to the lowest rated player.