Clemson University football coach Tommy Bowden's tradition of encouraging his players to attend a church service as a team each preseason has drawn some criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union.
That criticism has prompted the university to change a policy related to that annual event.
ACLU officials said that they have gotten complaints from some football players in recent years about Bowden's "Church Day" tradition.
"We've been told he exerted some pressure on his football players to attend church as a mandatory event," ACLU Religious Liberties Task Force chairman Neil Caesar said. "Apparently it was a different church each year . The students were strongly encouraged to attend."