Coach's Prayers With Players Out of Bounds
For 22 years, high school football coach Marcus Borden has led his team in prayer prior to games. Three weeks ago, East Brunswick, New Jersey, school officials told him to stop because his actions violated the separation of church and state. In protest, Borden resigned, only to return to the sidelines last week to challenge what he believes is . . . an infringement of his First Amendment rights. He hopes his attorney "will be able to show that what we do is nothing more than Americana, what's done everywhere in the United States. It's part of football tradition." The American Football Coaches Association reports that more than half of the country's high school football coaches pray with their teams.