Right . . . and who coached the teams in the Super Bowl last year?
They were hired on the free market like everybody else. There was no quota system that required Tampa Bay, Indianapolis, and Pittsburg to make those hires. That is exactly how it should have been done.
How many black head coaches get the premier college jobs that would allow them to build programs that "kick the crap out of everybody else?" So far, I've seen two at marginal top-tier programs (Ty Willingham and Karl Dorrell); both of them had ten-win seasons, and both of them were fired despite records equal or superior to those of their white predecessors and successors.
I think it was stupid for ND to fire Ty Willingham, when they did. But they didn’t do it for racist reasons, they thought that they had Urban Meyer in the bag. Having one 10 win season doesn’t mean that you should be coach forever, just like RC’s 11 win season in 98 doesn’t erase his 6-6 season in 2002. These 2 or 3 black coaches represent the best that the black coaching community has to offer, unless you think that these schools are purposefully hiring sub par black coaches for some reason. That means that they should, in theory, compare to the top 2-3 coaches in the rest of college. But they don’t. Ty Willingham is currently 4-8 at Washington and Karl Dorrell is 6-5 at UCLA having lost 44-6 to unranked Utah and to an otherwise 2-9 Notre Dame. There is no way that you can say those records are stellar. Hell, we just fired Fran for going 7-5 after having a 9 win season last year. Compare that to when racism really did keep blacks out of sports. When able to play, the first black players dominated their sports.
BTW, before you accuse me of racism, I’ve been arguing on the football board for us to hire Sumlin as HC for a good while now. Not because I think we need to “even the score” but because I think he’d be a damn good coach.
[This message has been edited by aTmAg (edited 11/27/2007 6:19p).]