SC State's Pough on protest: 'You don't want to stymie a person's personal rights'


ORANGEBURG, SC (WACH) -- This past week, President Donald Trump sparked a wave of reaction after saying, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag to say, `Get that son of a bitch off the field right now! Out. He’s fired! He’s fired!“

Although South Carolina State remains in the locker room for the National Anthem, like many college football teams throughout the country, head coach Buddy Pough weighed in on how he'd handle a situation if a player or multiple members of his team wanted to demonstrate a protest.

"You don't want to stymie a person's personal rights," said Pough, who's in his 15th season as head coach at SC State. "You can't just tell guys, especially in circumstances such as this, exactly how to behave."

The Bulldogs haven't played since the President's remarks as last week's game against North Carolina Central was played on a Thursday night.

"We do try our best to be respectful of everybody involved. And then hopefully at some point we can survive in a way where we can all just learn how to get along."

SC State will return back to action this Saturday against North Carolina A&T State with kickoff slated for 6 PM.

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