Illinois State Coach Quits, Leaves Message For BLM On His Way Out

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Illinois State offensive coordinator Kurt Beathard abruptly quit the program Wednesday and left a message on his door on the way out that read, “All Lives Matter to Our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.” According to The Pantagraph, there had been a back and forth going on inside the program over Black Lives Matter signage and Beathard, the son of Pro Football Hall of Fame member Bobby Beathard, was in the middle of the drama.

Sources told the newspaper a Black Lives Matter sign had been removed from the Illinois State locker room. Beathard says he doesn’t know what happened to the poster.

“That locker room crap is wrong. I took the sign down somebody put on my door. That’s it,” Beathard told the Pantagraph. “I didn’t take anything off that wasn’t put on my door. I wrote the message,” he said referencing the All Lives Matter sign he left on his way out.

Tension has been building at ISU. In early September, AD Larry Lyons caught heat from athletes after he used an “All Redbird Lives Matter” message during a video conference.

Beathard, who lost his wife to cancer earlier this summer, seems to have finally hit his boiling point as the tension kept rising this month. On September 11, he wrote, “Tomorrow will be three months since I lost my best friend and love of my life. With all this crap the devil has stirred up in this world, think about and treasure what “really “ matters…Our God almighty and loved ones. Earnestly pray! I’m so jealous of all that have already gone “home” to be with Jesus. You’re smiling baby. I miss you so much! God is so good!”

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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  1. I think this why so many young people are antifa/BLM. They haven’t lived life yet. Every “micro aggression” is HUGE to them. They have no perspective. This man lost his wife, and knows the reality of living and what is important.

    • Letting your kids be raised by their high school community, and then by their college community doesn’t help either. When they come back to their parents they hate their lives.
      If they actually identify “life” as a series of micro-aggressions then you’ve lost them already.

  2. Good man who knows there’s more to life than bowing to the mob to save your career. There’s always another option for you. If people wouldn’t compromise their beliefs, nobody would be able to force any political agenda down anybody’s throat in the corporate world. Everybody who disagreed would quit.

  3. Admire Coach Beathard’s faith and strong conviction tremendously. He WILL come out on top!

    Really bothers me that BLM is thrown “in your face“ so much..Bully’s!!! About a month told my children that if a BLM bully ever attempts to have them state Black Lives Matter simply respond that “we are all God’s Children”. Period. Good luck getting called a racist after saying that.

    Being a proud Catholic and Trump supporter I’ve often wondered the past few weeks as to what would happen to Notre Dame or Boston College if they were to have their players have pro life stickers on their jerseys or helmets. Or MAGA sticker on the back of their helmets. Being a private institution they certainly could. By means would I condone this (even though I’m very much pro life)… I don’t think sports should be political by no means…. But the double standard is interesting huh????

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