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Outsports Podcast: Reaction to and impact of coach Chris Burns coming out as gay

Chris Burns was a star player at Bryant University and is now an openly gay coach at the school. We talk about the impact of and reaction to his story.

Duke fans will welcome Chris Burns and the Bryant basketball team on Nov. 14.
Duke fans will welcome Chris Burns and the Bryant basketball team on Nov. 14.
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Chris Burns, an assistant men's basketball coach at Bryant University, has come out as gay, making him the first publicly out men's college basketball coach. Burns shared a personal story on Outsports and USA Today did a feature story interviewing Burns and others at Bryant.

It's been a long time coming for Burns, who has been dating men since college. It's also a big deal for the coaching profession in general, as Burns has broken a key barrier in sports. And, like virtually every male athlete or coach to come out publicly over the last 15 years, Burns has been widely accepted and supported by people around the team and across the college basketball media.

We talk about the impact Burns' story will have on sports and other athletes, and the predictably positive reaction he has received from people in his life and in the media.