A Hope For Even More Change

By L.A. Batchelor
Updated: November 9, 2008

NORTH CAROLINA — With Barack Obama winning the Presidency over John McCain and becoming the first African American President in the history of this country, we look at opportunities in the world of sports for blacks and realize that black head coaches in Division I college football and the NFL are few and far in between.

In fact just last week, a study released by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sportat the University of Central Florida showed that the percentage of black head coaches in D-I college football have gone down over the last 15 years.

There were six black head coaches and now with the subsequent firings of Ron Prince at Kansas State and Ty Willingham at the University of Washington, the number drops down to only four — as if six was a high number to begin with.

The number of black coaches in the NFL currently stands at seven (Tony Dungy, Lovie Smith, Mike Tomlin, Herm Edwards, Marvin Lewis, Romeo Crennel and Mike Singletary) which is a better percentage than college football but still is not nearly good enough.

I heard Colin “Cow-nerd” on ESPN radio last Monday actually say that the reason there aren’t a lot of black head coaches at the Division I level and in the NFL is because the talented black coaches are too young and inexperienced so GM’s and owners don’t wanna take a chance with them until they get experience.

Well Cow-nerd, how do they get experience without a head coaching job?

Besides, the notion that all the talent is young is bulls–!

I guess Dungy, Smith and other coaches like Dennis Green and Sylvester Croom are spring chickens? No, this is another example of excuses to exclude.

You can’t tell me fomer UCLA coach Karl Dorrell doesn’t deserve another shot at a head coaching job in college or the NFL or that the recently fired Ted Cottrell hasn’t paid his dues as a solid defensive coordinator to be a head coach in the NFL.

No, the media sweeps this under the rug because they are lackeys for the owners and Roger “Baddell” in keeping the “good ol’ boy network” lily white. It’s just like slavery.

The same goes for the mafia called the NCAA who continue to pimp athletes to make money while keeping the money flowing through white hands. We are good enough to serve and work to make the master his money, but not good enough to work among the master’s and make our own.

We can play on the team, but never lead them.

I am extremely happy and proud of brother Obama and what he’s been able to accomplish already which will be confirmed for all the world to see on January 20th, 2009.

But I am not completely proud to be an American until like society, we truly see and experience equality and fairness not sporadic crumbs here and there to get us to sing “kumbaya” or feel like we’ve overcome when the truth is we haven’t even started.

Until next time, stay positive and be safe.