Middle Tennessee State football coach Rick Stockstill says he knew kicker Alan Gendreau was gay. He suspects most his team did, too. They just didn't care.
What mattered on the field was this: During his career in Murfreesboro, Gendreau made 44 of 62 field goals. He graduated as the all-time leading scorer in Sun Belt Conference history.
Other than that, Stockstill told The City Paper's Jerome Boettcher, he was just like any other player.
“I knew it. But I never addressed it with Alan because I didn’t think it needed to be because I wasn’t going to treat him any differently than I was anybody else,” Stockstill said. “I’m sure our players they probably knew or probably thought so. I don’t know, you’d have to ask them. In my dealings, Alan was a student-athlete in my eyes. To me it wasn’t any different than this guy is Baptist, this guy is Catholic. I don’t look at our players that way. I look at them as men, as student-athletes, as football players. That is how I approached it with Alan.
“All Alan wanted to do was win. He wanted to kick well. He wanted to be a good teammate. He worked hard in everything he did. Our players knew how hard he worked. They knew how good a kicker he was. They knew he won games for us. He was not treated any differently than any other player in that locker room."