Nov. 26, 2016
THE CASE OF VANISHING BLACK HEAD COLLEGE FOOTBALL COACH
"THE CASE OF THE VANISHING BLACK HEAD COLLEGE FOOTBALL COACH"
The 8 Black Division 1 FBS Head Football Coaches
James Franklin, Penn State
Lovie Smith, Illinois
Dino Babers, Syracuse
Derek Mason, Vanderbilt
Trent Miles, Georgia State
David Shaw, Stanford
Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M
Willie Taggert, South Florida
Now that Charlie Strong has been fired at the University of Texas as well as Darrell Hazell at Purdue University. It leaves 8 black head coaches at the 128 Division 1 FBS Universities. That is a miserable 6% rate of black head coach hires for football programs whose black players dominate the field of play each and every Saturday afternoon.
As we prepare today to watch, the Buckeyes of Ohio State and the Wolverines of Michigan do battle in Columbus at noon and the Crimson Tide of Alabama take on the Tigers of Auburn University in the Iron Bowl or the battle for bragging rights for the State of Mississippi between the Olde Miss Rebels and the Mississippi State Bulldogs. You will see the huge number of players of the darker hue being the stars on the field of play while the head coaches of the lighter hue get the credit for building these programs.
I am not attempting to be racially defiant in this post. I am simply noting the obvious inequality that exists on the sidelines. Oh, we have a number of road warriors who are assistant coaches who toil the highways and byways to convince our young brothers to sport the uniforms of these universities. However, they are kept away from running the programs of this schools. they are seen as symbols that can represent the boosters and alumni of these schools as the controlling figure. When will this obvious case of racial imbalance in hiring end? Isn't this 2016? Are you telling me that only white men can lead major college football programs?
It would be an astounding thing if the top 1000 black football players decided to ply their talents at the various HBCU throughout America. History says no matter where you play you will still find your way to professional football if you have the talent. Remember there was a time when "all" the southern schools denied entry to players of color at their schools. The case of the vanishing black head football coach in America's Division 1 FBS teams must end and it must end now.