Black Football Coaches Get Screwed

At his last news conference, University of Colorado's football coach, Jon Embree, cried. It wasn't his 4-21 record that caused the tears, though. He'd been fired. African-American coaches, he explained, don't get second chances.

I think this proves Division I college football is still a Good Ol' Boys Club. But don't take my word for it. Bill McCartney, who coached Embree at Colorado in the '80s and won a national title at the school in 1991, echoes his former player. McCartney told the Denver Post he also had losing seasons but kept his job because he is Caucasian.

"I believe black men have less opportunity," he said. "It didn't happen to me. Why should it happen to a black man?"

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Need more proof? Consider the fact that white coaches with losing records and dubious character issues have no problem getting new gigs. For example, the University of Arizona tapped Rich Rodriguez as its coach despite his lack of ethics and lousy job performance when he ran the University of Michigan Wolverines. During the 2008, 2009, and 2010 seasons, Rodriguez compiled a 15-22 record at Michigan. During his final year at the school, the NCAA accused Rodriguez and his staff of committing five major rules violations.

Washington State University hired Mike Leach, who had been fired as head coach at Texas Tech University in 2009 following an investigation into claims he forced one of his players, Adam James, to stand inside a cramped equipment room during a practice session. Star wide receiver Marquess Wilson, who quit the team in early November after Leach suspended him, wrote a letter condemning the coach and his staff, noting the coaches humiliated players. Interestingly, Leach finished his first season with a 3-9 record, only two more wins than Embree.

Meanwhile, African-American Randy Shannon had a 28-22 record during his tenure as University of Miami Hurricanes head coach and guided the school to the third-best graduation rate among Division I football programs. Yet Shannon, who is now the linebackers coach at Texas Christian University, has not been considered for a prime head coaching job.

The plantation mentality still rules college football.

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cv2065
cv2065

You could say the same thing about the players. Black and other minority players dominate football and basketball, and have become synonymous with athletics of this genre in general. Does this mean that there aren't just as qualified white athletes that could take any one of their places? Perhaps, but it certainly is and has not been a headline.

dav450
dav450

how long do I have to see this in the headline? Move on to something else!

baymorgan5
baymorgan5

Just sitting here on a saturday night, thinking how to keep the black man down, than all at once it came to me, just let Luke keep writing about nothing.

andy33020
andy33020

There is an issue here, but using a coach with a 4 and 21 record as an example does not forward that issue.

bige3969
bige3969

Luke,

 Look at the recent case with Mario Cristobal? A Latino coach run at a school where most of the student body and alumni are Latino.

 In the case of Embree, I agree he was not given the same opportunities that a white coach would have received at Colorado.  

 The true decision-makers of a college program are the school's administration and the big money boosters.  Unlike most other places, money talks very loudly in college sports.  Look at the case of Phil Knight at Oregon and Boone Pickens at Oklahoma State.  If they like black coaches, they would hire them and keep them around.  One of the big issues in college sports is that there are no prominent black donors and alumni at most schools.

 In the case of The University of Miami, Shannon was run because he did not care about building relationships with the boosters other than the NFL Players and the folks who are out front with their love for UM, such as yourself.  The shadow donors were alienated, so when the football program was not winning, they would not financially support it. Shannon will have a difficult time landing a new job, not because he is black, but because he does not care to kiss-ass the boosters.  Nick Saban loves doing it and that is why he is in the college game.

clark4829
clark4829

Luke should be football coach!!!! Luv u!!!!

TomStedham
TomStedham

Luther is an idiot. First, Rich Rodriguez is NOT "Caucasian"; he's Hispanic. But, hey, anybody lighter than Luther is white Caucasian racist.

Second, as everyone pointed out, different coaches get fired for different reasons. Period.

terrell1966
terrell1966

i don't think his race has anything to do with it...there are more black head coaches at certain schools that never had black head coaches before like Texas A&M for instance. As long as the program wins the coach keeps his job..unless there are scandals or what not. The bottom line is if you don't win you don't get to keep the position no matter if you're red, black, white, purple, green or whatever....

liberalsunite_attheo
liberalsunite_attheo

Luther, do you ever write an article that doesn't have you screaming racism? You're the biggest racist I've ever seen.  All you do is cry, cry cry: Woe is the Black man. You write an article one day saying how the black community should always try to upligt other blacks and two days later write a column calling Condaleeza Rice and Uncle Tom. Now you're writing an article about a coach who out of 124 Division I teams ranks 99th BEHIND Fla. Intl, Buffalo and N. Texas State and who by the way, this coach has never won not only a NCAA Championship, he hasn't had a winning season. Luthur, why didn't you include Gene Chizik who won the BCS Championship just 2 years ago? He got fired. I know you hate White people but you're an idiot with this little article you write. I know what's killing you, the fact that Halle Berry is effing White men.

david
david

I've heard the number one reason a college coach gets fired or keeps their job is their ability to meet the point spread in Vegas...totally makes sense when you think about the Alumni putting money on the games....win or lose its meeting the spread....

I looked at a few games for Colorado and the coach didn't meet the spread...

jgcamp99
jgcamp99

Really, then how do you explain all the caucasian coaches that get fired for losing seasons in the NFL ? I only wish I could coach the Bengals and have several losing seasons in a row ?

DragonTop
DragonTop

@TomStedham Even though I appreicate your point, have your heard of the terms white Latino and black Latino? Thus, my point is regardless of one's cultural/ethnic hertiage color distinction exist and is made. If one intent is to imply because his surname is Rodriguez has exempted him from the cultural and social nuances, frankly advantages, that notable exist for Americans of fairer brown complexions ( called white), the perspective is intellectually disingenuous.

liberalsunite_attheo
liberalsunite_attheo

I think you're exactly right terrell and yes, it has taken all sports too long to hire qualified Black head coaches but Luther is just a racist. If anything happens bad to a Black person such as getting fired, it's because he/she are black. Times they are definitely changing. I played college basketball from 79 to 82 and while it was still taboo in the South to date outside your race; by the way, not only for whites but for blacks, i still saw black women. Now, I only date Black and Latino Lady's. Today after work I was driving to the bank through a very, very nice neighborhood in Tamarac; Woodmont CC, and I saw a couple about 12 or 13 years old and they were holding hands and she was white and he was black; I though it was great. I just wish Luther would quit screaming racism everytime something bad happens to a black person.

TomStedham
TomStedham

@DragonTop @TomStedham 

But... quite a few "white people" don't recognize your terms of "white Latino and black Latino" as being valid. I believe that you are either "white" (ie Luther's favorite term "Caucasian") or you are not. Period. Your view of someone's skin tone is not relevant to their ethnicity.

To me, for example, the owner of the Heat is not "white", nor is the owner of the Marlins... Neither is Sophia Vergara, nor Salma Hayek, J-Lo, etc. What about Kim Kardashian? She's not "white", either. Not to me, nor to millions of other actual "white" people.

Just because you CALL someone "white" and claim imaginary "advantages" for them, does not make it so.

Luther's entire claim is based on "racist" behavior of white people. But, supposedly, these evil white folks also hate Hispanics. So... for Rich Rodriguez to succeed sort of throws Luther's claim off...

Oh, wait. Is it only BLACK black people who face discrimination?

DragonTop
DragonTop

@liberalsunite_attheoAgain, even though your point is well taken, I agree social and cultural progress has definitely occurred within our nation, shoot we did offically elect and re-elect the firest person of color to the highest elected office in our great nation. And his re-election occur by the effort of a coalition of Americans from diversity social, cultural, and financial backgrounds; a true representation of our country. That said, Luther's bigger point, i believe, is that consisitently African American coaches, once fired, essentially never received another head coach opportunity. Conversely, white coaches whom have failed miserably as coaches, Charlie Weiss, as an immediate example, are presented opportunity after opportunity. Mr. Weiss was a poor head coach at Notre Dame and even a worst record at Kansas.

 
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