The Old-Boy Network Stacks the Deck Against Black Football Coaches

This past football season, there were only three black head coaches among the 119 colleges and universities that play in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I. About one half of all football players in Division I are African Americans.

A new report from the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida suggests that the lack of blacks in head coaching positions is the direct result of an "old-boy" network in which the ones making the hiring decisions are primarily white men. According to the study, of the 119 colleges and universities in Division I, 112 institutions have a white president and 82 percent have a president who is a white man. Nearly 90 percent of the athletic directors at these institutions are white and 85 percent are white men.

There are 11 football conferences that field teams for the NCAA’s Division I. All 11 of the conferences have a white male as president.

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