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.”