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Followup on black college football coaches

December 18th, 2008 (12:01 pm)

current mood: disappointed

After numerous constructive attempts to find a solution for the lack of opportunity for black football coaches and getting only excuses as a response, the association of Black Coaches and Administrators is now setting up a legal hotline. One of the purposes of the hotline will be to gather facts for a possible lawsuit targeted at a university under the federal civil rights laws.

“I would still love to think that student-athletes and parents who have athletes of color would look at schools and say ‘If you can’t be a coach or administrator there, why would you attend?”’ Keith said. “If we start getting that done, I think there will be some real changes. And it may come down to the legal aspects, as much as you’d hate to say that.”

It really is a shame that it may have to come to this. Universities have been given every chance to change their ways. We can only hope that threats of a lawsuit will finally make the good ol' boys come around.

Even the NFL (hardly the most progressive of institutions) has made major strides in equal opportunity--it was only a few years ago that we had two black coaches in the Super Bowl.