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Tom Herman’s Message to Fans Who Don’t Agree on Pushing Social Issues

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As we approach the most unique college football season in our lifetime, there is a lot at play. You have the coronavirus, which wiped out spring practices, delayed the start of summer camps, cancelled the Big Ten and Pac-12, and has the season looking very different, including less games and limited fans, this fall. Then there’s the social justice aspect that continues to be a major theme at college football programs across the country.

This past week the Oklahoma Sooners and Baylor Bears both held marches for social justice.

On Sunday, Texas Longhorns head coach Tom Herman was speaking to the media and had this message for those fans who may not agree with the players’ opinions on social issues.


Herman’s full quote can be seen below.

I’ll give this to Herman: that’s one of the more reasonable responses we’ve heard on this issue. Too many are admonishing those who disagree with the stances taken by players, when in reality, more people than not are of the belief that any player, or person, can support any cause (within reason) they want to, but the preference would be for that to be not in the workplace. That, of course, leads to an entirely different debate, but let’s save that for another time, place and platform.

For Herman, he is acknowledging that many will disagree, but that disagreeing is not wrong, in fact, it’s healthy and is part of what makes this the greatest country in the history of the world.

For that he should be commended. Because if we can’t at least agree on the idea of disagreeing in a healthy manner, then forget college football, we’ll have much bigger fish to fry in this country moving forward. Hell, many would argue we already do.

So in a time when it’s more popular to shout down those you might disagree with than to admit to seeing two sides of a story, Texas head coach Tom Herman is at least taking the latter approach. For that, he deserves our kudos.

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