Winthrop basketball coach Pat Kelsey delivered an emotional speech following his team's loss to Ohio State. Speaking to the media, Kelsey proclaimed:
"I'm really, really lucky because I'm going to get on an eight-hour bus ride, and I'm gonna arrive in Rock Hill. I'm going to walk into my house, and I'm going to walk upstairs, and I'm going walk into two pink rooms, OK, with a 5-year-old and a 4-year-old laying in that pink room, with a bunch of teddy bears laying in that room. And I'm going to give them the biggest hug and the biggest kiss I've ever given them. And there's 20 families in Newtown, Connecticut, that are walking into a pink room with a bunch of teddy bears with nobody laying in those beds. And it's tragic."
He went on to say that change is needed, whether it is gun control, mental health assistance, or a change in the overall society.
Kelsey acknowledged that he often did not have a big platform, but felt the need to use the increased attention one gets when playing against a highly ranked opponent to voice concern on a serious issue.
Kelsey is a former Wake Forest assistant. He is in his first season as head coach at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Kelsey's plea follows Syracuse coach Jim Boehim's call for gun control.