Cabot Phillips The University of Toledo announced this week that it will no longer allow head football coach Matt Campbell to lead the team in pregame prayers.
In a statement sent by the University to Campus Reform, Campbell detailed how players will now “determine on their own any personal preparation methods to help them mentally prepare to play.”
The end of coach-led prayers came after a video surfaced from the Toledo locker room showing Coach Matt Campbell leading the team in the Lord’s Prayer before a 2012 game against Bowling Green.
In the video, Coach Campbell tells his team “I’m going to say this: Every one of us has so much to be thankful for. A great night to play football, play with your brothers, OK? What an opportunity. Let’s be grateful for it.”
At that, he takes a knee and the team begins to recite the Lord’s Prayer.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), which viewed the prayer as a “serious and flagrant violation of the First Amendment,” called upon the University of Toledo to ban any sort of coach-led prayer.
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