The Illinois state football coach stops and leaves the All Lives Matter to Our Lord poster on the office door
Illinois State football coach stops abruptly and leaves an ‘All Lives Matter to Our Lord’ poster on his office door after a BLM sign is posted in the locker room
- Kurt Beathard was the team’s quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator
- From a celebrated NFL dynasty, he was in Illinois in 2014, ’15 and since 2018
- Beathard’s departure was announced on Wednesday
- On Thursday, Beathard said he had an ‘All Lives Matter’ poster on his door
- A BLM poster was removed from the locker room before retiring
- In August, protests broke out after a Beathard colleague said ‘All Lives Matter’
The Illinois State Football coach has stopped and left a poster on the door of his office that read, ‘All Lives Matter to Our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ’.
A member of a celebrated NFL dynasty, Kurt Beathard left his position as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the college team on Wednesday.
On Thursday, he told his local newspaper in Bloomington, Illinois: The Pantagraph – that he had the sign on his door before he left.
He declined to discuss the circumstances surrounding his departure.
Kurt Beathard has quit his job as a coach for the Illinois state football team
Prior to his departure, Beathard left a sign on his door that read: ‘All lives are important to our Lord’
In the weeks leading up to his abrupt retirement, a Black Lives Matter poster was removed from the team’s locker room. Beathard insisted he had nothing to do with its removal.
In late August, Beathard’s former colleague Larry Lyons, director of athletics, caused controversy among Redbirds – the track and field teams representing Illinois State University – by telling students, “All Redbird’s lives matter.”
Some college athletes in downtown Normal, Illinois, temporarily boycott team meetings, training, and training as a result.
On September 4, an athletics march for Black Voices took place.
ISU announced in a press release Wednesday afternoon that Beathard was being replaced by Ghaali Muhammad-Lankford and CJ Irvin, who would both serve as co-offensive coordinators.
Andy Belluomini has been added to ISU’s coaching staff to take over the quarterback’s coaching position previously held by Beathard.
Beathard spent the 2014 and ’15 seasons as Redbird’s offense coordinator and quarterbacks before taking two years off to spend more time with his family.
Beathard coached the team in 2014 and 2015; took a break; then back for 2018 and later
The coach comes from a high-flying NFL family, with his dad, uncle and cousin all playing like pros
He came back to ISU in 2018 in the same roles.
Beathard is part of a remarkable football family.
His cousin, CJ Beathard, is a quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers, and his uncle, Pete Beathard, played professionally from 1964-75.
Beathard’s father Bobby Beathard, now 83, was a general manager for the NFL.
As a player, Beathard Sr’s teams competed in seven Super Bowls, winning four times.
He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018.