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In light of Michael Sam, college ADs reviewing policies to foster diversity

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Missouri’s Michael Sam may or may not be drafted by an NFL team. He may or may not ever play a down in the NFL. Time will tell how many doors he has helped open to those hiding their sexual preferences from others. One thing we do know is that Sam’s announcement earlier this week has forced athletic directors and football coaches everywhere to take a good hard look at their programs to ensure they would be able to address the situation of having a gay football player in the their program as admirably as Missouri’s football program appears to have done.

Sam opened up to his team in August before the start of the season. Missouri’s football team and coaches came together and showed support for their teammate by not leaking the information to the media or public, which allowed Sam to confirm the news on his own terms. Some players from other programs have said their school would handle it the same way or that Sam would have no problem being in the same locker room as the rest of the team, but the Associated Press learned multiple schools are reviewing their policies to ensure they would have the same kind of environment Missouri created.

“One of the first things I did was go back to our senior staff and say, ‘OK, let’s look at our policy. Let’s make sure we don’t have any issues here,” said Troy AD John Hartwell. “Because at the end of the day, you’re going to have teammates that are of a different race than you are, of a different nationality, of a different economic background, possibly of a different sexual orientation — with a whole variety of beliefs.”

“In today’s society, it’s more of a media (thing) — are you prepared for the media?” TCU Athletics Director Chris Del Conte said. “And if you’re not, let’s give you the tools necessary to help you.”

Sam is not the first gay football player, nor will he be the last. With schools around the country taking the time now to ensure they would be able to properly and respectfully handle having a gay football player in their program, it may not be much longer before another player breaks his silence.

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8 Responses to “In light of Michael Sam, college ADs reviewing policies to foster diversity”
  1. DicksSportingWoods says: Feb 14, 2014 7:46 PM

    I don’t speak gayanese

  2. Professor Fate says: Feb 14, 2014 8:54 PM

    Or tolerancese, either. But in bigotese you sound fluent.

  3. donovandancy says: Feb 14, 2014 9:23 PM

    Lol, equalitists are the most insecure group ever. So threatened by people who disagree with you.

  4. musketmaniac says: Feb 14, 2014 9:51 PM

    wow, it’s already spinning. From a conference that has boasted recently that their 2cd string is N.f.l. ready. Now it’s may or may not. This guy was a sec conference sack leader. MAY OR MAY NOT

  5. derekgorgonstar says: Feb 14, 2014 10:45 PM

    BFD

  6. meatcarroll says: Feb 15, 2014 5:17 AM

    Oh geez. What’s next, a Gay History Month?

  7. spunhead73 says: Feb 15, 2014 11:35 AM

    Keep the disgusting gays out of the NFL,nobody wants you,and we are tired of hearing about them. Seek physiological help for your illness.

  8. Deb says: Feb 15, 2014 11:56 AM

    Ray McDonald, an Idaho RB, was first-round pick for the Redskins in 1967. And he was gay. When Vince Lombardi took over the Redskins, he cautioned assistant coaches, “Don’t you hold [McDonald’s] manhood against him—coach him up to be the best player he can be.” Lombardi brother, Harold, was also gay.

    Gay players aren’t new to the NFL. What’s new is turning the locker room into a reality show.

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