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January 17, 2007 12:05 AM

Unequal Opportunities

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As coaches are being hired around the country and with the passing of MLK day I wonder if we have really come that far. It seems that once again great coaching candidates are being passed over merely because of the color of their skin. Isn't it time that every coach in this country is given real consideration for a head coaching job based on qualifications and ability ?

This idea surfaced yesterday even though it wasn't even on the original list of topics I was mulling through. I had a good half dozen of topics written down but this just seemed to rise to the top after talking with News columnist Sam Adams (his cubicle is right next to mine) about coaches who were getting hired. We were talking about Schottenheimer and the jobs still left open in the NFL and how so few African-Americans were even being given interviews. That and MLK day just seemed like a good time to go with this cartoon.

Drew



Discussion

  • January 17, 2007

    1:12 AM

    Javier writes:

    Actually, a very timely topic, since Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy are both a win away from becoming the first African-American coaches to lead their teams to the Super Bowl.

  • January 17, 2007

    10:28 AM

    Chris from Littleton writes:

    I have a hard time believing that the only reason a coach isn't hired is his skin color. I agree that it is odd that the percentage of black coaches comes nowhere near the percentage of black players, but a good player does not always make a good coach when his playing days are done. For the same reason, it is hard to think that there is racism in a league where the majority of the players are minorities.

    In any case, the best candidate for the job should get it. Who cares what their skin color is?

  • January 17, 2007

    11:28 AM

    Steven writes:

    Chris your comments may be somewhat valid, but the fact of the matter is that there are several very good african-americans on the sidelines who seem to have a tendency to get overlooked in favor of those whose skin color has a sharper contrast with the color of the field. This is especially the case in College football, and it isn't right.

  • January 17, 2007

    1:34 PM

    Brett Bebber writes:

    You forgot the word "qualified" on their t-shirts.

  • January 17, 2007

    8:17 PM

    KCBH writes:

    I bet it was hard to draw a black coach and not look racist.

  • January 18, 2007

    10:03 AM

    Rob writes:

    It seems like about the same ratio as starting black quarterbacks. But that might have gone down now that Art Shell and Denny Green have been sacked.

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