A study released on November 12, 2008 says there are not enough black and minority coaches in NCAA football. According to the study, almost a third of the candidates interviewed were minorities, but only four were hired. Black Coaches and Administrators (BCA) executive director Floyd Keith says “In the world of college football, the facts and statistics reflect an unmistakable bias and a systemic problem that has yet to be fixed. Why is the college football hiring practices out of synch?”
University of Washington Head Coach, Ty Willingham, an African-American, was informed that he would be fired at the end of the season. His team’s record currently stands at 0-9 in 2008, and his career record as a head coach in the NCAA is 76-86-1. He is 1-5 in bowl wins. Willingham’s best records in a single season are 10-3, in 2002, and 9-3, in 2001. Both seasons ended in bowl losses.
Another black head coach is Ron Prince of Kansas State University. In three years, he is 16-19 with a 4-5 record in the 2008 season. Although, he is 2-0 against, Big 12 powerhouse, Texas, he has yet to defeat Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska. Of the eleven playable teams in the Big 12, his Kansas State Wildcats hold winning records against only three of them.
After the most recent firings, there are only three black head coaches, one Pacific Islander, and a Latino left in the Bowl Subdivision (BCS), the NCAA’s top division.
In a nation where a man is to be judged for the person he is on the inside rather than the color of his skin, we still have racial profiling. So, now is it only okay to racially profile in favor of the minority? It’s a double-standard that America just can’t seem to see.