March 1, 2003

Norman, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma women's basketball coach Sherri Coale will be a guest on ESPN Outside the Lines Sunday morning (March 2) at 9:30 a.m. CST. Outside the Lines is hosted by veteran journalist Bob Ley, the Emmy Award-winning show can be found exclusively on ESPN.

The topic of discussion will be Toni Smith. Smith, a women's basketball player at Manhattanville College (New York), stands quietly facing away from the American flag during the playing of the pregame National Anthem before her collegiate games in protest. The sociology major previously released a 250-word statement outlining the reasons for her protest, citing "the inequalities that are embedded into the American system'' and "the war America will soon be entering.''

Coale will be joined via satellite by Tommie Smith, who silently protested during the 1968 Olympic games in Mexico City.