CHICAGO (CBS) — DePaul University men’s basketball coach Dave Leitao is trying to help his players through a difficult time.
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“They’re angry – very angry, very confused. But I also think that they want to learn. I think they’re smart guys, so they want be able to channel it into something, and they want answers. And unfortunately, there’s not as many answers as we can give them particularly right now, because the country and the world is at a standstill,” Leitao told CBS 2’s Luke Stuckmeyer.READ MORE: Some Contract Workers Say Their PUA Benefits Are Being Cut Off With No Notice
Leitao emphasized the importance of leadership.
“It’s critical, whether it’s my role as a coach, slash teacher, slash educator, you know, all the things that come with this chair – or as you mentioned, the leader of a team or the leader of a household – anything, your voice and your experiences really matter, and you have to be able to express them in a way that draws people to your message, and then they can independently move that message forward,” he said. “As we move forward, we’ve got to do it with great humility. We’ve got to do it with great respect, and also with great responsibility.”MORE NEWS: Deaths Of Mother And 15-Year-Old Daughter In Auburn Gresham House Fire Ruled Homicides Due To Arson
He said those three tools can help the whole country move forward.