When BYU football opened its 2020 season amid a global pandemic, team members arrived at Navy Stadium wearing T-shirts with messages of hope and love adorning both sides. They read “We Are One” on the front and “Love One Another” on the back.
These t-shirts returned Thursday night when the Cougar volleyball team hosted Utah State at Smith Fieldhouse.
BYU players suffered warm-ups while wearing the shirts, nearly a week after Duke player Rachel Richardson said she was the target of racial slurs during her team’s game against the Cougars in Provo last Friday.
His comments sparked an investigation into the incident, as well as a flurry of comments from across the country about BYU’s handling of the situation.
The T-shirts proclaimed the same message BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe shared in a Deseret News op-ed, in which he condemned racism while acknowledging the need to learn and grow from situations. like these.
The t-shirts weren’t the only noticeable change in Thursday’s game.
BYU’s student section, the ROC, previously occupied the rows of seats on the south end field, but the fans were no longer there – instead, this area was reserved for other teams participating in the event ( the Cougars host the BYU Nike Invitational this weekend.)
BYU also released a video outlining the school’s updated fan code of conduct ahead of the game. It will also be shared at future BYU sporting events, according to BYUtv.org.