As a UConn alumna and sports fan, I was eagerly following the hire of new football coach Bob Diaco and his staff, including the new director of player engagement, Ernest Jones.

But I feel alienated after reading the Jan. 12 sports article by Desmond Conner ["New Coach Teaches Players Important Life Lessons"] based on an interview with Jones about how he plans to spiritually develop players: "We're going to make sure they understand that Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle ... If you want to...get championships then you better understand that this didn't happen because of you. This happened because of our Lord and Savior. That's going to be something said by Bob Diaco ... That's who we are."

It sounds like football players who are not Christian might not be welcome at UConn, and would not feel a part of that huddle. Diaco and Jones should know they cannot institutionalize their religious views at UConn because UConn does not have a religious affiliation like Notre Dame, where they are from. It is a public, nonsectarian institution where students of all faiths or no faith belong.

The fan base is also diverse, and deserves better.

Rena Epstein, West Hartford