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Old November 6th, 2008 #1
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Diversity study: Number of black coaches lowest in 15 years

Associated Press

November 6, 2008

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Days after the election of the country's first black president, a study shows the number of African-American coaches in major college football is the lowest in 15 years.

With the recent dismissals of Ty Willingham at Washington and Ron Prince at Kansas State, the number of black head coaches in the 119-school NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision was reduced to four. [ESPN jews complained endlessly that racist Notre Dame didn't give Ty the full five years. Now the dismissed jig has failed again, this time at Washington. Is Washington racist too?]

In 1997, there were eight black head coaches, the most in history. In 1993, there were only three.

Fifty-five percent of all student athletes are minorities. [Why is the percentage of whites so low? Why doesn't ESPN make an issue of it? Why does ESPN assume that racism explains the low percentage of black coaches but not white athletes?]

The report by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida polled every major college on the ethnicity of its coaches, athletic directors, presidents, faculty, student athletes and NCAA faculty representatives.

"While the percentages are slightly better, the general picture is still one of white men running college sport," said Richard Lapchick, the report's co-author. "Overall, the numbers simply do not reflect the diversity of our student-athletes. Moreover, they do not reflect the diversity of our nation where we have elected an African-American as President for the first time."

The report also looked at university leadership, including presidents and athletic directors. Ninety-one percent are white. Minority representation in all positions increased less than 1 percent last year.

Charlotte Westerhaus, NCAA vice president for diversity and inclusion, said she was disappointed in the figures, particularly considering the election.

"This moment on Tuesday reflected the best of our country," Westerhaus said. "Our country showed the will and the way. We have to do the same."

Lapchick has asked the NCAA to adopt a rule to mandate that minorities be interviewed for head coaching jobs. Calling it the "Eddie Robinson Rule," in reference to the record-setting Grambling coach, Lapchick said it would be a college version of the NFL's Rooney Rule. The NFL sanctions teams that do not interview a minority candidate.

Westerhaus said the Rooney Rule is in practice, if not rule.

"The vast majority of institutions interviewed coaches of color," she said. "It think it's 90 percent. We're doing some of the things the Rooney Rule calls for. What's disappointing is the hiring doesn't reflect that."

Last season, 30 percent of the candidates interviewed for 22 openings were minorities. Two were hired.

Since 1996, 12 black coaches have been hired for 199 jobs. The only black head coaches currently set to finish the season are Miami's Randy Shannon, Mississippi State's Sylvester Croom, Buffalo's Turner Gill and Houston's Kevin Sumlin. Florida International is coached by Mario Cristobal, a Hispanic, and Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo is Samoan.

Staffers for Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez told surveyors he is not Hispanic.

David Czesniuk of the Center for the Study of Sports in Society at Northeastern University, a program Lapchick founded, said he was struck by who controlled the money.

"What stood out to me, is that in the biggest component of dollars in college football is the BCS, and every single commissioner of a BCS conference is a white male," Czesniuk said.

Lapchick said the election of Barack Obama -- a big sports fan -- will have an influence.

"His presidency will get people's attention, whether or not he gets involved," he said. "People will wonder: How can we have an African-American president and the lowest number of coaches in 15 years?"

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

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[There are no more than 120 head coaches in division one; but there are thousands of spots for athletes. There is no logical reason for ESPN/AP's assumptions, they can be explained only by political bias, namely, that wherever Whites are driven out, things are proceeding as they should; wherever whites dominate lies racism that must be exposed and expunged.]
 
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Fifty-five percent of all student athletes are minorities. [Why is the percentage of whites so low? Why doesn't ESPN make an issue of it? Why does ESPN assume that racism explains the low percentage of black coaches but not white athletes?]
At the high school level the rule of thumb is, the Whiter the team, the better their record.
Yet most of those kids are never deemed good enough to get a full ride at a division 1-A school!
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This is probably going to be the start of a new trend around the world. These people are a "minority" but want to be plastered everywhere as if they own everything. Once again, only dumb goyims would, when they outnumber (in their own countries) these nogs, hand over their power.
 
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Old November 14th, 2008 #5
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Number of African-American coaches remains unconscionable

By Gene Wojciechowski
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Updated: November 13, 2008, 5:37 PM ET

Let me guess: You never saw the story. Or if you saw it, you didn't care. Or if you did care, you don't know what can be done about one of the most depressing numbers in major college football.

Four.

That's it. Four African-American head football coaches out of 119 Football Bowl Subdivision programs, the lowest total since 1993 and 2005. It used to be six -- whoo-ee! -- but that was before Washington pink-slipped Tyrone Willingham and Kansas State pulled the rip cord on Ron Prince's purple parachute in recent weeks.

Do the math. Four out of 119 equals 3.36 percent (120 schools were studied, including one transitioning into FBS). That's less than you tip the worst waitress in the world. Now compare that to the other numbers published in a recent study by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida:

• 54 percent of FBS players are minorities (50 percent of those African-American).

• 5.04 percent of FBS head coaches are minorities.

• 92.5 percent of FBS university presidents, 87.5 percent of FBS athletic directors and 100 percent of FBS conference commissioners are white.

Nothing changes. The numbers fluctuate slightly from year to year, but the simple, numbing fact remains that African-Americans still can't punch a hole through the turf ceiling. They're good enough to play the game, good enough to become offensive and defensive coordinators (31 of 255), good enough to become assistant coaches (312 of 1,018), but not good enough to become head coaches?

"Give us an opportunity and an open mind," says Turner Gill, the third-year head coach at the University of Buffalo. "That's all we ask."

Buffalo coach Turner Gill is one of four African-American coaches remaining.
Gill is one of the surviving four. There's him, Mississippi State's Sylvester Croom, Houston's Kevin Sumlin and Miami's Randy Shannon.

The proud. The too few.

"I agree with you on that," Gill said.

According to the recent study, co-authored by longtime diversity watchdog Richard Lapchick, there have been 199 available head coaching jobs since 1996. Only 12 of those jobs have gone to African-American candidates. This despite the ongoing efforts of the Black Coaches Association, the 1-A Athletic Directors' Association, Lapchick and, to some extent, NCAA president Myles Brand.

"I guess, sadly, the numbers have been prevalent for so long, the issue has been out there so much, that people are almost callous," said Buffalo athletic director Warde Manuel, who hired Gill before the 2006 season.

He's right. The numbers have meaning, but they don't. We see them, we shake our heads, and then we turn to the NFL box scores to see how Drew Brees did in our fantasy league. It's old news. Or more correctly, it's the same news.

Nearly 20 years ago, then-Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson walked off the court before a game in protest of NCAA legislation -- Prop 42 -- that would prohibit partial academic qualifiers from receiving athletic scholarships. But here's the thing: Thompson has caused the anti-Prop 42 movement to reach critical mass. The legislation was overturned a year after its passage.

"If you feel something is wrong, you act on it," said Thompson, now a radio and TV commentator.

Just four African-American head football coaches is wrong. It's wrong because, admit or not, the unspoken rules seem to be different for minority coaches.

Facts are facts. Willingham is the first and only Notre Dame football coach in the modern era to be fired before the completion of his five-year contract. His successor, Charlie Weis, had exactly one more victory than Willingham after three seasons. Willingham got canned. After seven games at South Bend, Weis got a contract extension that runs through 2015. Meanwhile, Prince "resigned" before the end of his third season at K-State.

The trickle-down effect is that skittish university presidents and athletic directors can use those failures as an excuse not to hire minority head coaches. It happens, too.

I struggle with the why, to be honest. Why this is going on as long as it has. Why people who are coordinators in successful programs haven't had a chance to be a head coach, while others with less accolades, less records, get these jobs.

--Buffalo athletic director Warde Manuel
"If a white person is not successful in a particular position, that doesn't mean another white person would not be successful," said Manuel, who happens to be African-American. He added: "I struggle with the why, to be honest. Why this is going on as long as it has. Why people who are coordinators in successful programs haven't had a chance to be a head coach, while others with less accolades, less records, get these jobs."

Why? Because it's safer. Because there's less blowback from university presidents, trustees, donors and friends of the program.

"I've always said that good white folks are reluctant at times to break the mold because of the pressures that are put on them," Thompson said. "They may feel a little freer to do the right thing now that we have a president of color. With [Barack] Obama going in, I'm just hoping that's the case. It gives them permission to do the right thing."

Gill inherited one of the worst programs in major college football. Before he arrived, the Bulls had won only 10 of their previous 79 games. Under Gill, they've won 12 of their last 33, are 5-4 this season, and could become bowl eligible with a victory at Akron on Thursday night. His success could lead to a more high-profile job, as well as create more opportunities for minority candidates. As it is, he gets occasional requests from other coaches asking for advice.

"All you do is share your experience," he said. "I tell them, 'You've got to do your best job there. That is all you can do.'"

You can also do what Thompson did. You can draw a line in that turf and say, "No more." You can make a stand, make noise and perhaps make a difference.

But Thompson, says Manuel, was a national and international basketball figure. He had larger-than-life stature and credibility, thanks partly to his NCAA championship in 1984. For a minority football coach to walk off a playing field in protest of hiring practices might not carry the same weight.

Thompson isn't buying it.

"Next time you talk to him," said Thompson, his deep voice softening, "you tell him John Thompson said he was glad Rosa Parks didn't feel that way. She didn't have to be Dr. King. She didn't have to be Malcolm X or Jesse Jackson. She was just tired."

We should feel the same way. Not callous, but tired. Tired of 3.36 percent.

Gene Wojciechowski is the senior national columnist for ESPN.com. You can contact him at [email protected].

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Old November 14th, 2008 #6
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"his deep voice softening" What the fuck kind of writing is that? By a man, no less. These people who care about pro sports so much, and write about it with deep emotion, strike me as queers masquerading as mainstream, kind of like faggot and pedo priests.

The country is going bankrupt -- I sure hope "pro" sports goes bankrupt too. I tell people to forget pro sports and support their local high school team . . . if it's a White town.
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