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SBD/May 1, 2013/Sports in Society
Emmert Offers Support For Collins, Discusses Possibility Of Openly Gay College Athlete
Published May 1, 2013
IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION: CBSSPORTS.com's Dennis Dodd wondered if one of the major college sports could be the "next to embrace a gay athlete." Washington football coach Steve Sarkisian "found himself recently discussing the subject of a gay athlete with his staff." Sarkisian said, "We're trying to get ahead of this. How do we educate our players? How do we educate our fans? How does it pertain to the recruiting process? Our conversation came about: What if there is a potential recruit? If there is a college athlete that is openly gay, does that affect his draft status? We're in the infancy stages quite honestly in dealing with it" (CBSSPORTS.com, 4/30).