Study Finds Duke Trails Its Conference Rivals in Hiring Black Coaches

It was not until 1982 that the first black head coach was hired by colleges and universities in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Today, the 12 universities that are currently members of the ACC (Syracuse and Pittsburgh have announced that they will joining the conference next year) have eight black head coaches combined in all sports.

But, according to a report published in the Charlotte Observer, Duke University, the highest academically rated of the ACC schools, has no black head coaches. In fact, Duke has never had a black head coach in any sport. All 11 of the other universities in the ACC have had at least two black head coaches.


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