posted on Dec, 1 2004 @ 08:39 AM
It took less than a week for the grumblings about diversity and the number of black coaches in college football. Willingham's firing was the 3rd
Division I-A black coach to end his tenure as coach. Fitz Hill resigned from San Jose State on Nov. 22 and New Mexico State fired Tony Samuel on Nov.
24. Some believe that this shows a message that you cannot make it as a head coach if you are black. Also some feel that discrimination is still
running rampant still in our society.
INDIANAPOLIS - When Notre Dame selected Tyrone Willingham as its head coach three years ago, Richard Lapchick called it the most important hire in
college football history. Lapchick, head of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida, believes
Willingham's firing Tuesday - coupled with the departure of two other black coaches in the last eight days - sends a different message.
"I've heard a lot of white head coaches say when they're hired, 'I knew if I worked hard and prepared hard and produced good football players, I'd get
a chance to be a head coach,'" Lapchick said. "African-Americans don't have that same dream. It's a dream deferred."
The recent moves leave only two black head coaches in place for next season in Division I-A football: Karl Dorrell at UCLA and Sylvester Croom at
These people are kidding, right? They really think that everytime a black coach is fired or quits its because he/she is black? What about the fact
that they just are not very good? Some people are not cut out to be the coach.
Oh yeah, when they count the number of black coaches in DI-AA, the historically black institutions such as Grambling are excluded
. Talk about a
double standard. What about white coaches at black schools? Where are the figures on that?
Dave Wannstedt resigned and Butch Davis was fired this year from the NFL. More DI-A coaches are being fired as I write this newz, Indiana University -
Gerry DiNardo, Brigham Young - Gary Crowton. Firings are normal. Why does there need to be a big stink about it?
This was mentioned in the article:
Lapchick can accept that Notre Dame thought Willingham wasn't the right person for the job. But he yearns for the day in which coaching moves in
college and pro football are viewed the same way they are in college and pro basketball — without regard to race.
"We have to get to a point where people not only don't notice race when you're hired but also when you're fired," he said. "We're a long, long way
Hmm, seems to me that if you did not bring it up, we would not be worried about the number of black coaches in sports. We would all be out looking for
the next best coach for our team, no matter race.
I long for a day when people are hired and fired based on their ability to do the job.
It goes on ... Lapchick said opportunities for black coaches often seem to come at schools that lack winning traditions. A study he did this year
showed that the median rank of the five schools with black coaches was 77th out of 117.
Ever thought that the black coaches were hired to make the programs better? And either they just don't have the players to do it, the recruiting to do
it, or they are just not good coaches? If you take a coach of a non-white race, put them in a school that is not very good, they turn it around and
produce several winning seasons, they will be getting job offers from the more prominent schools. These big-time schools don't hire a coach because
they are white. They hire them because they think they are the best for the job. Period. End of story.