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Coach In Religion-In-Huddle Controversy Resigns

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Ernest T. Jones, UConn Running Backs Coach (Courtesy UConn)

Ernest T. Jones, UConn Running Backs Coach (Courtesy UConn)

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HARTFORD (CBS Connecticut)  — University of Connecticut Running Backs coach and Director of Player Engagement Ernest T. Jones has resigned.  Jones,  whose hiring was announced last month by Head Football Coach Bob Diaco,  had, like Diaco, previously coached at Notre Dame.

He quickly drew attention when he told the Hartford Courant that he wants to make sure players understand “Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle.”  Within days, UConn President Susan Herbst had sent a letter to the editor clarifying that university employees “can’t appear to endorse or advocate for a particular religion or spiritual philosophy as part of their work or in their interactions with students,”

In a brief statement on his departure,  the UConn Division of Athletics said only that Jones has resigned effective immediately, and would have no additional comment.

See earlier stories:

Hiring of new coaches

Herbst letter

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