I damn near fell off the couch tonight when I read the following quote from NCAA president Myles Brand – known on this blog as White Man From Another Planet – who was addressing the NCAA annual convention’s attendees today: “We’re not anywhere close to where we need to be in football. I’m encouraged that coaches of color are appearing as finalists for positions, but seven out of 119, that’s just too darn low.”
Props to Myles for finally speaking publicly on the dearth of opportunities for non-white coached – forget actually hiring them – in major-college football. I still think the NCAA should impose its version of the NFL’s Rooney Rule, perhaps docking scholarships from schools that do not even consider non-white candidates. (i.e. Alabama) But granted, speaking out is a start. We’ll see.