Sunday’s Outside the Lines: Town Hall-Style Discussion on Lack of Minority Coaches in College Football
On Sunday, Dec. 14, ESPN’s Outside the Lines (9 a.m. ET and reaired on ESPNEWS at noon) will devote its entire half-hour show to the topic of the lack of minority coaches in the top level of college football.
During the just-completed regular season, three of the six black head coaches were fired or resigned under pressure. Since then, Mike Locksley, of the University of Illinois, has been hired by New Mexico, raising the number of African-Americans leading the 119 Football Bowl Subdivision teams to four. Over the past 10 years, despite the efforts of many to provide more opportunities for minorities in college football, the number of head coaches has essentially remained static, never rising above six, nor falling below four.
The discussion, led by host Bob Ley, will touch on a number of subjects:
- Although the Football Coaches Hiring Report Card, an initiative generated by the Black Coaches & Administrators Association, has produced more interviews, it has not led to more hirings.
- Does college football need a Rooney Rule as in the National Football League, to drive more opportunities?
- How will the coaches-in-waiting phenomena, where programs designate a staff member to succeed the incumbent coach when he eventually departs, impact opportunities for minorities?
Guests currently scheduled to appear on the show include:
- Joel Ferguson, a member of the board of trustees at Michigan State
- Floyd Keith, Executive Director of the Black Coaches & Administrators Association
- Richard Lapchick, director of the Institute for Diversity & Ethics in Sports
- Mike Locksley, new head coach at the University of New Mexico
- Mark Schlabach, ESPN.com columnist
- Gene Smith, athletic director at Ohio State
- Kevin Sumlin, head coach at the University of Houston
- Charlotte Westerhaus, NCAA Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion
In addition, ESPN.com will provide complementary content:
Richard Lapchick: A call to civil rights action in college football
Gene Wojciechowski: Number of African-American coaches remains unconscionable