Advocates Push For Reforms That Would Increase Number Of Minority Coaches
May 21, 2002
By Todd Schulz and Tim Martin
Coaches and administrators from college and pro sports leagues will gather Tuesday at Michigan State University to push for more minorities in positions with decision-making power.
Minorities are underrepresented in administrative and top coaching jobs - especially football. Only four of the 115 teams in NCAA Division I-A have a minority head coach, while more than half of the players are minorities.
In the NFL, just two of 32 teams are led by a coach of color.
"Something's wrong. It's out of balance,'' said MSU Athletic Director Clarence Underwood, an organizer of the event expected to draw at least 30 athletic directors, coaches and administrators from a wide variety of sports to East Lansing. "We trying to find people with the courage to speak their convictions, and to see what kinds of solutions they might propose.''