Martin, TN

AU received a complaint that the University of Tennessee at Martin’s baseball coach held mandatory prayers with his players before and after games and at practices. The coach also held “team meetings” on Sunday mornings during road trips; these meetings often featured proselytizing speakers. AU wrote to the University in August 2008 to explain that a public-university employee may not constitutionally endorse religion or coerce religious practices by student athletes. AU’s attorneys discussed the matter with the University’s counsel and sent a follow-up letter. The University’s Chancellor instructed the coach in November to discontinue his prayer practices and to refrain from coercing students to pray or from suggesting that they do so.