Entrance ramp on the road to Hell

This is one case where I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so:

The Oregon Legislature plans to introduce a bill this week that would make it the first state in the nation to require universities to interview at least one minority candidate before hiring a head football coach.

House Bill 3118 is patterned after the NFL’s Rooney Rule, whose 2003 implementation helped transform the league’s head coaching ranks. The bill’s aim is to help diversify hiring in major college football, where just seven of 120 head coaches are minorities.

Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland) drafted the measure at the behest of constituent Sam Sachs, a former college football player and minority-rights activist.

This is where it starts, with well meaning “minority-rights activists”.  But it’s a damned slippery slope from there.  What happens if the six state schools don’t progress in a manner deemed worthy by the legislature?  More social engineering would be my guess, all for the greater good.

College football needs to get ahead of this one, before it’s too late.

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14 responses to “Entrance ramp on the road to Hell

  1. Brian

    How many minority candidates did Auburn interview before they arrived at Chizik?

  2. The Realist

    What do you do with coaches-in-waiting, when there basically isn’t an interview process? It would basically eliminate that practice. But, who would want to be the token interview in a situation where the successor has already been identified from within the current staff?

    It’s a whole big mess that is only going to get more complicated and more distasteful as time goes on.

  3. Nebakanezer

    Phil Knight says “I poop on your proposed legislation. I hire who I want at Oregon!”

  4. Ubiquitous GA Alum

    Suppose the NCAA instituted some such rule … Would Historically Black Colleges have to interview white guys?

  5. I think you miss the point, Ubiquitous GA. The point is to increase minority hires, not to make sure one person of each race gets a shot. There is a lot of difference though, between what the NFL and the NCAA can really do here. Since each member institution of the NCAA is in affect just a member by choice, and could technically opt out (NAIA?), there seems to be little the NCAA could do to enforce such a rule. Anyways, by far the better system would be to rely on AD’s to try and hire the most qualified candidates, which would often include minority hires. Sadly, it seems this is often not the case (someone, please, hire Charlie Strong!). It is problematic, and the different structure of the NCAA makes it even worse.

  6. Bobby

    “Anyways, by far the better system would be to rely on AD’s to try and hire the most qualified candidates, which would often include minority hires” – AMEN!

  7. Ubiquitous GA Alum

    Thanks, Will … I get the point, but am also pointing out the double standard.

  8. JasonC

    Realist,
    I think the plan would be to have Charlie Strong as your token minority interview. Since schools don’t seem to be willing to hire him, it wouldn’t really put a crimp in anyone’s SOP.

  9. Hackerdog

    It is impossible to get ahead of Oregon on the subject of being socially progressive.

  10. Ally

    Glad to see the state of Oregon is in such great shape that they have time to waste getting involved in the NCAA’s business. This is clearly not the goverment’s role.

    Can’t wait to see how the NCAA & Athletic Departments respond….especially in court.

  11. DawgBiscuit

    Shouldn’t Oregon’s politicians be worrying about more important things, namely how to come up with $750,000,000?

  12. Equality?

    Does that mean they are looking to even the playing field among the ‘race of the players’ as well?

  13. Vinings Dog

    The NFL is a private organization, and they are welcome to their own rules, but now along comes the Oregon Legislature, putting the government in the business of counting people by race and keeping score based on that fact.

    Encourage hiring people of quality, and let the chips fall where they may. If we have 100% minority hires, fine, as long as they are quality hires. But conversely, if all the coaches hired are white, is that OK too? Apparently not.

  14. HackerDog

    “… but now along comes the Oregon Legislature, putting the government in the business of counting people by race and keeping score based on that fact.”

    I hate to break the news, but government has been doing that for quite a while.