- Kennedy claims the school violated his First Amendment rights by not re-upping his contract.
- A federal appeals court ruled that the coach was acting as a public employee when he prayed after games.
- The Supreme Court is likely to rule in the case early this summer.
WASHINGTON – From coach Joseph Kennedy’s perspective, the yearslong fight over his decision to pray on the 50-yard line following his team’s football games is clear cut: He made a promise that he would offer his thanks on the field – win or lose.
“That’s where I made my commitment to God before I even took the coaching job,” Kennedy told USA TODAY in an interview. “There on the field of battle.”