It’s a topic that’s sparked a national debate and it’s starting to make its way into the world of college football. Pitt third-string kicker Ian Troost knelt during the national anthem prior to the Panthers’ 35-17 loss to N.C. State at Heinz Field.
According to Triblive reporter Jerry Dipaolo, Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi pledged his support for the walk-on kicker despite a different view on the topic.
“I’m never going to tell a guy you can’t do something,” he said.
But he added, “I know I’m going to stand and put my hand over my heart.”
Offensive tackle Jaryd Jones-Smith, a starter, was standing behind the kicker with his hand on Troost’s shoulder during the national anthem.
Other Pitt players such as offensive tackle Brian O’Neill are providing support to Troost as well.
“With a lot of stuff going on in the NFL, there are a lot of sensitive subjects,” he said. “It’s a big deal in society today. All I know is what I can control. He has my full support. He has the locker room’s full support and the coach’s full support.
“Just because we don’t do the same thing doesn’t mean we’re against it. My take is everyone should be able to do what they think is needed to express themselves.”
Pitt travels to Duke on Oct. 21 for a 12:20 p.m. (EST) matchup that will be televised on the ACC Network.
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