Document Type

Presentation

Publication Date

November 2007

Abstract

In January 2007, only 5% of the 119 head coaches in Division I-A college football teams were minorities. This number is startling in light of the fact that in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) football teams 55% of the student-athletes are from minority groups. Even the president of the NCAA, Myles Brand, has stated that this organization has had a “dismal record of hiring people of color into head coaching positions, especially in the sport of football.” The disparity between the numbers of coaches and players has prompted an action brought by the Black Coaches & Administrators (BCA). The BCA is a group of minority coaches and assistant coaches who focus on improving employment opportunities for minority coaches in all sports. The BCA uses its power and influence to initiate changes in the hiring practices of the NCAA and its member institutions by encouraging aggrieved coaches to file complaints against the NCAA and its member schools. These complaints allege that the hiring practices of the NCAA and its member institutions violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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