Indiana University Football Coach Tom Allen says he would support his players if they chose to engage in a political protest.
His comments during a press conference Monday come after hundreds of NFL players sat, knelt or raised their fists during the National Anthem at games Sunday in response to comments made by President Donald Trump.
Allen says IU players are citizens first.
“Whatever we do it will be out of respect for our country and university, and allow us to be united.” Allen says. “I believe we’re all created equal, the good Lord did that by design and we’ll all be together.”
During home games, IU does not stand on the sidelines during the national anthem.
IU is set to play two teams on the road this season that do stand on the field during the anthem: Michigan State on Oct. 21 and Purdue on Nov. 25.
IU plays next against Penn State at Beaver Stadium in University Park this Saturday.