NCAA Football: African-American Coaches – Pt. I
The Numbers Don’t Lie
Collegiate sports is a multi-billion dollar business and the cash cow is football. Its popularity has led to a boom in revenues and next level of TV exposure. You can watch a college football game just about any night of the week… even Sundays.
The tremendous growth of the sport has led to an increase in scrutiny directed at the operations of the NCAA, colleges and universities. One of the biggest critisisms is the shockingly low percentage of African-American Head Coaches. In a sport where half of the players are African-Americans, this fact is alarming and unacceptable.
The Black Coaches Associates (BCA) agrees with Urban Sports Talk’s position. The BCA has been the most vocal organization and in its recent Hiring Report Card the NCAA received an F. Here are the facts:
- The NCAA Division I Football Subdivision (formely known as I-A) is comprised of 119 colleges and universities
- There are more than 10,000 scholarship athletes participating in football in 2007
- 50% of these scholarship athletes are African-Americans
- Of the 119 Head Coaching postions, 6 are held by African-Americans (4%)
- After the 2006 season, there were 23 Head Coaching positions available… only 2 minorities filled those positions
- 31 of 242 Coordinators (Defense/Offense) are African-American (15%)
An African-American Offensive Coordinator (Division III) recently talked openly with us. He shared his frustration with not being able to break into a Division I football program despite his credentials. This coach is a former high school All-American and a starting running back in the NFL. He’s been coaching for 7 years since he retired from professional football. The coach shared, “I’ve been asking the university that I played for if I could come there as a graduate assistant for several years. Each year, they give me some excuse as to why there’s not an opportunity available. I see guys getting those openings all the time and they didn’t even play there.”
- Ty Willingham – University of Washington
- Sylvester Croom – Mississippi State University
- Karl Dorrell – U.C.L.A.
- Ron Price – Kansas State University
- Turner Gill – Buffalo University
- Randy Shannon – University of Miami
Note: Of the top 5 programs with the largest number of African-American coaches, 3 have African-American Head Coaches (Miami (FL) – 6, UCLA – 5, Mississippi St. – 5).