Blacks Making Gains in Head Coaching Jobs in College Football

During the 2009 season, there were seven black head coaches among the 120 colleges and universities in major college football. But in the space of the last two weeks, four additional African Americans were named to head coaching jobs. Also, Turner Gill was named head coach at the University of Kansas. He was head coach at the University of Buffalo.

The new black head coaches include Willie Taggart at Western Kentucky and Larry Porter at the University of Memphis.

Most significant was the hiring of Mike London as the head football coach at the University of Virginia and the appointment of Charlie Strong as head coach at the University of Louisville. London, Strong, and Gill are three of only four black head coaches at the 66 universities in the six athletic conferences that control the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) of major college football.