The era of the empowered college athlete has arrived, and coaches better get on board fast

Posted Jul 9, 2020

The era of the empowered college athlete has arrived, and coaches better get on board fast

Remember "stick to sports"? It has become the tired rejoinder of Twitter mobs whenever players, coaches, teams or media members dare step out of their sports-centric lane to address the outside world.

Recent events should have caused that phrase to be retired. Shut up and dribble? Please. On matters of social justice, there is no more resting on the sidelines.

Take a stand? Take a knee? Both, if you want. Speak out. Speak up.

The era of the empowered college athlete is here, and it's not just about protests amid the Black Lives Matter movement.

Out of that, Iowa players past and present took to keyboards to reveal what they thought was a stifling and abusive culture. Former Clemson football players, former Alabama and Florida gymnasts and other athletes have discussed their less-than-ideal experiences as well.

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