Columbia, SC (WLTX)- University of South Carolina Assistant Athletic Director Steve Fink has confirmed that Chaplain Adrian Despres has been let go from the school's football program.
Fink says that "Adrian was not retained because Coach Muschamp’s philosophy is to have not just one voice, but multiple voices available to assist with the spiritual development of the student-athletes."
Adrian Despres was the Gamecock Football Chaplain for more than a decade.
Fink says the decision to let Despres go from the staff does not have anything to do with a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
Last year the foundation wrote a letter of complaint to the University of South Carolina president Harris Pastides. They were asking for Despres to be removed as chaplain from USC's football program.
According to the statement, The Freedom From Religion Foundation says the team chaplain Adrian Despres' violated constitutional guidelines against publicly funded institutions engaging in religious exercises.
However, Fink tells News19 that letter came last August and this decision by Muschamp is in no way related to that letter.
During his four years at Florida, Muschamp had more than one person available to the team for spiritual counseling and development - and that philosophy is being put in place in Columbia.
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The organization sent a similar letter to Clemson last April. Clemson responded with a formal letter refuting the allegations.