Coaches Should Use Microphone to Lead Debate

Coaches Should Use Microphone to Lead Debate

The door is open, and it can’t be closed now. It shouldn’t be.


Not one, not two, but three major-college basketball head coaches have gone before microphones and cameras and staked out a clear position on an issue of worldwide importance … that has nothing to do with their sport.



Why? Because they could. They’re sports celebrities, and they had a platform. For once, they used it. They weren’t worried if it was the “proper” time and place. They made it proper.


It took an incident as horrific, as catastrophic and as life-altering as the Newtown school massacre to push them, and all who joined them, to action. Some positive results need to come from that, and this might be one of them—sports has the eyes, ears and hearts of America. Never be afraid to take advantage of it for the good of society.


As Winthrop basketball coach Pat Kelsey put it this week after his team played Ohio State: “I know this microphone’s powerful right now, because we’re playing the fourth-best team in the country. I’m not gonna have a microphone like this the rest of the year, maybe the rest of my life.’’

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