Disturbing UM Sports news:
UM coach Mark Richt surprised his team with an unexpected gift in a meeting this week.
Richt gave every player a Bible, and the coach personalized it by putting the player’s name on the cover of the copy that player received.
Receiver Braxton Berrios said Richt told the players that reading it is “optional.”
“This speaks volumes to the type of coach we have,” Berrios said.
Faith is a big part of Richt’s life.
Asked in July how much he has used faith to create unity in the team, Richt said: “Yeah, well, everybody has a belief system. Everybody looks at life through a certain filter. I happen to be a Christian. That’s just what I am. I’m not using it. I think we need to be true to who we are, what we believe.
“I’m not trying to make anybody believe anything I believe. I just want to do things in a way that I think God would be pleased with me. That’s my goal on a daily basis.
“In doing that, I know if I do that, I’m blessing the players I’m in charge of. We’ll be doing things right in recruiting. We’ll be working our tails off.
“So I don’t think much about it. I’m not trying to use anything. I’m just trying to be who I am.”
(via the Miami Hearld)
The University of Miami is a secular institution. But the coercive aspect of this is obvious, and improper, whatever disclaimers accompany it.
Some students were vocal in their appreciation; where does that leave the others?
If I gave out religious tracts (that had nothing to do with the course) as optional reading in my class, I would be justly criticized. How is this different? I think UM President Julio Frenk ought to say something about this, but I am not holding my breath. Especially given we beat Georgia
State Tech …