Sunday's "60 Minutes" features lacrosse coach Mike Pressler
SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Bryant University head men's lacrosse coach Mike Pressler was featured in a 60 Minutes story by Armen Keteyian that touched on the loyalty Pressler has to Bryant University. The segment aired Sunday, April 12, on the CBS television network.
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Pressler was fired as Duke University's lacrosse coach nine years ago in the wake of a woman's accusation that Duke lacrosse players raped her. Bryant University hired Pressler at a time no other school would consider doing so. The rape accusation was eventually proven to be false, and Pressler has gone on to lead Bryant lacrosse to NCAA excellence.
"[Loyalty] is everything…everything. And without that, as a man, you have nothing," Pressler tells Keteyian in the interview.
Bryant University President Ronald K. Machtley agreed. Pressler "has made a commitment to stay here and that kind of loyalty [is] very rare in society," Machtley told Keteyian.
The segment yielded an outpouring of support via social media for Pressler, President Machtley, and Bryant University, including:
Character defines Bryant! Congrats coach Pressler and Upres. Proud 2017 wlax parent! @bryantuniv— Jodi Lloyd (@jlloydfamily) April 13, 2015
Reporter Keteyian was moved by the reaction and offered this the following morning:
Deep thanks to all who wrote such kind words about my @60Minutes piece last night on Mike Pressler. One of my proudest days as a journalist.— Armen Keteyian (@ArmenKeteyian) April 13, 2015