The university founded by evangelist Jerry Falwell believes NCAA rules prohibiting kneeling in the end zone violate football players' religious freedom.
And the school - Liberty University - planned to take its case today to U.S. District Court.The NCAA regulations on unsportsmanlike conduct do not prohibit prayer. Players are allowed to kneel in prayer on the sidelines, but not on the playing field or the end zone. Team members also are allowed to pray together before or after a game.
The aim of the regulations is to eliminate unsportsmanlike behavior. One provision of the regulations specifically bans "any delayed, excessive or prolonged act by which a player attempts to focus attention upon himself." Among the actions that fall under that clause are the removal of a helmet, taunting the crowd or opposing team, posing and dancing.