Steady and continued progress continues be made in efforts to hire minority head coaches in Division I college football, according to the latest hiring report card of the Black Coaches and Administrators (BCA), which was released Tuesday.
The hiring cycle at the conclusion of the 2010 season, which is reflected in the report, was easily the best year for the hiring of coaches of color at the bowl subdivision and championship subdivision levels, and shows that the BCA's efforts to push for change are bearing fruit, saysFloyd Keith, executive director of the BCA.
Ten African-Americans were hired in the 2010-11 hiring cycle, and they joined 16 other African-American head coaches, a Latino and a Polynesian coach already on the sidelines. Thus this season, there have been 28 head coaches of color at the FBS and FCS levels combined, including a record-breaking 19 at FBS schools.
A total of 21 FBS schools changed coaches after last season, not counting interim appointments, and 14 of the schools received a grade of A on the BCA report card.
"At the end of the day, you're starting to see results," said Keith, whose organization has been grading the coaching searches of schools for eight years. "People are taking the process seriously.
"We've always believed that if (minority student-athletes) are participating at a certain level, then there should be (coaching) representation at a certain level."
Each school is graded on four categories or components during the search process: Communication with BCA officials during the search; composition of the hiring/search committee; which candidates are interviewed and the length of the search, the longer the better.
The top FBS grades last year went to Ball State, Colorado, Connecticut, Indiana, Kent State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Miami (Fla.), Miami (Ohio), Minnesota, North Texas, Pittsburgh, Stanford, Temple and Vanderbilt.
Two FBS schools -- Arkansas State and Tulsa -- received B grades, with Florida, Maryland, Michigan and Northern Illinois getting C's. There were no D grades given, and San Diego State was the only FBS school to receive a failing grade.
SDSU, which promoted defensive coordinator Rocky Long to replace Brady Hoke, was marked down for communication, candidates interviewed and length of the search.
Eight FCS subdivision schools changed coaches. Two received A grades: Elon and Northern Colorado. Furman, Gardner-Webb and Texas State got a B grade, with Idaho State and Stetson getting C's.
There were no D's, and only North Carolina-Charlotte, which did not submit any information to the BCA, received an F for doing so.
The big picture proves that schools are making more of an effort to be inclusive, Keith said.
"Since the first report card in 2004, there has been a 600% increase in the number of minority head coaches at FBS schools. We've gone from three to an all-time high of 19 today," he said.
"The progress is there; we've just got to continue it."
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