State School Coach To Players: Jesus Should Be ‘In The Center Of Our Huddle’
University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst has denounced remarks by UConn assistant coach Ernest Jones.
In an interview with The Courant, Jones stated: “We’re going to make sure they understand that Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle, that that’s something that is important. If you want to be successful and you want to win, get championships then you better understand that this didn’t happen because of you.”
“This happened because of our Lord and Savior. That’s going to be something said by [UConn Head Coach] Bob Diaco. That’s something that’s going to be said by Ernest Jones. That’s who we are,” added Jones.
However, Herbst publicly rebuked Jones only days later, notes NBC Connecticut.
Herbst wrote on Jan. 14 in The Courant:
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