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Coaches speak out about the murder of George Floyd

On Friday we wrote about the phenomenon of coaches wanting to say something about the murder of George Floyd and what it says about American society, only not knowing what to say -- or if they should speak at all.

“Football coaches are in a position to be advocates,” a Power 5 recruiting director, who is black, told me. “The way they view black people is different than most people do, with the way sports brings people of all backgrounds together toward a common goal. It’s not just student-athletes, it’s your assistant coaches and the people in your building. Coaches and athletes at this level, some of your best friends are going to be black. They know our character much better than the general population.”

A black Power 5 assistant put it bluntly when he said this: “For so long, there have been these obvious injustices. Things that are either right or wrong, good or bad. LeBron James speaks out about Trayvon Martin, it just doesn’t have the same impact as if it’s Tom Brady. If I’m on the Minnesota Vikings, all I need is the white guys in the locker room to feel the same way I feel."

By Saturday, the moment had changed. As protests raged across the country and it became clear Floyd's killing was a moment that will be remembered in this country's history, coaches across the country began releasing statements on the killing.

Here, in no particular order, is our attempt to capture all of them.

We'll start with UMass head coach Walt Bell

Georgia Tech head coach Geoff Collins 

Miami head coach Manny Diaz 

North Carolina head coach Mack Brown

Georgia Southern head coach Chad Lunsford 

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh said this on the Rich EisenShow on Thursday: “Today I’ll tell you what, I’m really very upset about the George Floyd death. That’s got me preoccupied today. Horrendous. I’m just watching right now and looking forward to there being an investigation and waiting for charges. That’s completely outrageous.” Albany head coach Greg Gattuso

Minnesota head coach PJ Fleck. (Minnesota has severed its relationship with the Minnesota Police Department.)

Former Georgia Tech, Alabama and Kentucky head coach Bill Curry

A thread from Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason

Indiana head coach Tom Allen

Texas head coach Tom Herman

Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells

North Texas head coach Seth Littrell

Mizzou head coach Eliah Drinkwitz

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day

Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal

Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker

Penn State head coach James Franklin

Boston College head coach Jeff Hafley

South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp retweeted this message from South Carolina governor Henry McMaster. East Carolina head coach Mike Houston retweeted this message from ECU running backs coach DeRail Sims App State head coach Shawn Clark

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Washington head coach Jimmy Lake

Maryland head coach Mike Locksley

Kent State head coach Sean Lewis

Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly

Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald

Ball State head coach Mike Neu

Old Dominion head coach Ricky Rahne

Bowling Green head coach Scot Loeffler

Memphis head coach Ryan Silverfield

Buffalo head coach Lance Leipold

Colorado State head coach Steve Addazio Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson

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Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm

NC State head coach Dave Doeren

Kansas head coach Les Miles

South Florida head coach Jeff Scott

Houston head coach Dana Holgorsen

USC head coach Clay Helton

West Virginia head coach Neal Brown

Stephen F. Austin head coach Colby Carthel

Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher

Baylor head coach Dave Aranda

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart

Arizona head coach Kevin Sumlin

Nevada head coach Jay Norvell

Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo

Miami (Ohio) head coach Chuck Martin

Alabama head coach Nick Saban

Dartmouth head coach Buddy Teevens

Princeton head coach Bob Surace

Penn head coach Ray Priore

Louisville head coach Scott Satterfield

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy

Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall

Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell

Kansas State head coach Chris Klieman

Harvard head coach Tim Murphy

Florida head coach Dan Mullen

TCU head coach Gary Patterson

Yale head coach Tony Reno

William & Mary head coach Mike London

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney

North Dakota head coach Bubba Schweigert

Nebraska head coach Scott Frost

Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst

UCLA head coach Chip Kelly

Mississippi State head coach Mike Leach

Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley

Duke head coach David Cutcliffe

Cal head coach Justin Wilcox

Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith

Washington State head coach Nick Rolovich

Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell

Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin

UCF head coach Josh Heupel

Ohio head coach Frank Solich

FIU head coach Butch Davis

Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz

UNLV head coach Marcus Arroyo

Middle Tennessee head coach Rick Stockstill

Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Billy Napier

Akron head coach Tom Arth

Texas State head coach Jake Spavital

Western Michigan head coach Tim Lester

San Jose State head coach Brent Brennan

Temple head coach Rod Carey

Marshall head coach Doc Holliday

Arkansas State head coach Blake Anderson

Several head coaches retweeted or quote tweeted this statement from Tony Dungy.

Troy head coach Chip Lindsey

Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin

Florida State head coach Mike Norvell

UTSA head coach Jeff Traylor

If we missed anyone, please let us know.