The Status of Blacks in Administrative and Coaching Positions in Major College Football

A new report from the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the College of Business Administration at the University of Central Florida finds that this season there were 13 African Americans among the 120 head coaches for the 120 colleges and universities in the NCAA’s Bowl Championship Series division. These schools operate the nation’s most prestigious football programs. Blacks make up more than 51 percent of the football players in this division. (Earlier this week Randy Shannon, an African American, was dismissed as the head football coach at the University of Miami.)

At these 120 schools, nine had African Americans serving as director of athletics. They were the University of Buffalo, the University of Central Florida, Eastern Michigan University, the University of Maryland College Park, New Mexico State University, Ohio State University, Syracuse University, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Virginia.

The report also showed that at these 120 colleges and universities, blacks made up 12.4 percent of the offensive and defensive coordinators and 33 percent of all assistant coaches.

The full report can be accessed by clicking here.