UConn President Says Assistant Football Coach Was Wrong To Invoke Religion

[The Courant]

UConn assistant football coach Ernest Jones (Courtesy by NBC Connecticut)
UConn assistant football coach Ernest Jones (Courtesy by NBC Connecticut)

When UConn assistant football coach Ernest Jones talked about spirituality in his role as director of player engagement, he set off a controversy that prompted the school president to say that “employees can’t appear to endorse or advocate for a particular religion or spiritual philosophy as part of their work or in their interactions with students.”

Jones, also the running backs coach, told The Courant in a story Sunday that “we’re going to make sure [players] understand that Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle, that that’s something that is important.” He also implied that head coach Bob Diaco felt the same way.

UConn President Susan Herbst, in a letter that appears in Wednesday’s Courant, responded.

“At public universities we value everyone in our community, and treat each person with the same degree of respect, regardless of who they are, what their background is, or what their beliefs may be,” Herbst wrote.


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