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Are team chaplains unconstitutional?

Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

When I first began writing here at FTRS in April of last year I linked to an article about a group called The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which was calling out Clemson's Dabo Swinney for holding prayer sessions for his football team. It now appears that the same watchdog group is taking action against Georgia Tech's athletic department and team chaplain Derrick Moore, calling his work as the team's primary motivator "unconstitutional". Though I'd rather not delve too deep into my opinion on the issue, I will say that it would be a shame to see a man as exciting and inspirational as Moore terminated or otherwise silenced. It seems like the players would be the only people directly impacted by what Moore does for the program, and if none of them are offended then I'm not sure what the problem is. This should be a decision from within the team or the program, not from an unrelated group, whether it be the FFRF or a pro-religion group. We would love to hear your opinion on the matter in the comments below, but please remember to keep it friendly. These are the types of issues that we are fortunate to be able to discuss on FTRS due to the maturity of our community, but respect and restraint are necessities.

The Georgia Tech basketball team recently returned from a week-long trip to the Bahamas and head coach Brian Gregory was kind enough to give us a quick rundown of everything that went down in the islands. The Jackets, who went 3-0 against the Bahamian teams they played on the trip, are looking for a bounce-back 2015 campaign after suffering through what was one of the most frustrating seasons in recent memory during 2014. Though a Bahamanian team is hardly DI talent, it is encouraging that the Jackets were able to play so well without Marcus Georges-Hunt (foot), transfer Adam Smith, two of the most key players for the upcoming season. I can't wait to see how the upcoming season goes.

One of the biggest mysteries in all of college football for people outside the Georgia Tech program is how Paul Johnson's flexbone offense, as archaic as it supposedly is, continues to be among the most efficient and unstoppable in the entire nation. It is easy to go into great detail about why specifically the offense continues to confound every team in the nation not named Virginia Tech, but I really like the way the author of the article puts it: the offense is "poetry in motion." You can't stop poetry, everyone knows that. Psh.

There are now just 13 days remaining until football season officially begins. Thirteen. Days. Until. Real. Football. Take another look at the highlights from last season, featuring the newly controversial D-Mo, just for the fun of it. I'm excited.

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Would you consider Derrick Moore's position and duty to be "unconstitutional"?