Derek Dooley at Tennessee, Gene Chizik at Auburn and Jon Embree at the University Colorado were fired from their jobs – they are no longer head coaches.  The only difference – some would say is that Dooley and Chizik actually have a better chance to get rehired from another university. It’s no secret – there aren’t exactly a lot of African-American coaches at FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) schools.  There were four head coaches in 1994, four in 2002 and five in 2008.  Today there are a total of 15 and two of the most popular African-American coaches at successful programs are David Shaw from Stanford and Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M.  Sumlin is the first black head coach at a major football school in the state of Texas.

Jon Embree had a lot to say at his press conference after he was fired one thing he said that really stuck out was “We don’t get second chances.” The “we” he is referring to would be “black coaches.” The numbers pretty much speak volumes –

  • 93% of University Presidents in the FBS are white
  • 88% of Athletic Directors are white
  • All the Conference commissioners are white
  • 55% of the players are black

However, minorities in the NFL have the Rooney Rule named after Dan Rooney, the owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers.  With the Rooney rule it gives minorities especially African-Americans the opportunity to even be considered for a high-level coaching position.  Unfortunately they don’t have this rule on the college level especially with most schools influenced by boosters.

Some might argue this has nothing to do with race.  If you can’t perform at a high-level at a large University with all the money invested in these programs then you should get fired – right?

Former Colorado coaching legend Bill McCartney said recently during a radio interview “Honestly, I believe it’s because I’m Caucasian.” When asked why he was given multiple chances when he first started his coaching career.  “I believe black men have less opportunity, shorter time if you will.”  Needless to say his comments have caused quite a stir and something that we should all recognize.