“We know they’re there…”

USA Today does the math on current minority coaching hires in college football and doesn’t come  up with any real surprises.

Two interesting observations, though, from New Mexico State head coach DeWayne Walker. While he believes that the path to becoming a head coach is easier in the NFL than in the college ranks

… Walker says NFL teams are “more proactive and more open-minded” about minority head coaches and the hiring process is straightforward — “if the GM and the owner like you, they hire you.” Colleges, he says, have more “political” concerns — “it’s not just the AD and the president at the BCS schools, there are other factors.”

… he also believes that it’s critical for minority head coaching prospects to make their bones on the college level if that’s where they want to wind up coaching.

Nevertheless, he says, coaches “almost have to be in the game from the college standpoint to get a college head coaching position.”

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3 responses to ““We know they’re there…”

  1. HVL Dawg

    Once again, the mainstream press is way behind the Senator.

  2. MacAttack

    I am a little on both sides here.

    On one side, I roll my eyes at the NAACP and others who don’t want schools to just consider black coaches but hire them and if you don’t, you are a racist and an idiot who should be publicly mocked.

    On the other, I kind of agree with the guy above in that college is a LOT more political at major schools than others….especially in the SEC.

  3. digidy dawg

    I can’t understand why Charlie Strong at Florida hasn’t become a head coach yet. This guy has been pretty solid. I’m not on the lets’ fire Willie Martinez bandwagon, but I wouldn’t mind having him here either. Everyone seems to forget that the defense has won Fla. the NC. If you take a look at some of the better head coaches around the country they are more “defensive minded” like Pete Carroll, & Nick Saban for example they have been very successful. I think he would do a great job as a head coach, but maybe he just doesn’t want to be one. That does happen.