You may think that this blog is just another angry African-American person using the Race Card, but for all intent and purposes, I'm just pointing out some facts that just makes me go hmm!
There are 128 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools in the NCAA and only 11 black head football coaches. According to Alvin Reid ofthe St. Louis American, only one Black coach has resurfaced as head coach at a major program after being fired. Tyrone Willingham was fired at Notre Dame and was then hired by the University of Washington – and this was more than a decade ago.
Although I do disagree with the termination of former East Carolina head football Ruffin Mcneil, I do applaud Jeff Compher (AD) for replacing him with another African-American football coach.
The only problem I have with the hire is that Scottie Montgomery wasn't even their first choice. That dubious honor goes to former Michigan Wolverine's head football coach, Brady Hoke who was fired in 2014.
According to the Pirate Illustrated, Brady Hoke "was a no go due to budgetary reasons."So I guess if they could have afforded Brady Hoke, he would've more than likely been ECU's newly hired head football coach and not Montgomery.
Recently, Will Muschamp was named the new head football coach at the University of South Carolina. He had a career record at Florida (Gators) of 28–21 and 17–15 in the SEC. After spending the 2015 season as Defensive Coordinator at Auburn, he now gets another opportunity at a major FBS school. Keep in mind, Auburn finished 6-6 this season with their defensive unit struggling for the most part.
No disrespect to former Georgia head football coach Mark Richt, but he was recently fired and then rehired within a week at the University of Miami, FL. Also, let's not forget former Notre Dame football coach Charlie Weis who was fired after 5 years in 2009. He was hired in late 2011 at Kansas and fired in 2014. When it's all said and done, he will have received just under $25 million in buyouts from both schools.
Will, Ruffin Mcneil get an opportunity to even become a head coach again in the FBS if he struggles as an assistant next season at Virginia? Also, will Montgomery be given another opportunity to become a head coach if he doesn't succeed at ECU? Unless things change, probably not because typically black football coaches don't get a second chance.
In reference to black (minority) football coaches, former Colorado head football coach Bill McCartney said, "I think men of color have a more difficult road to tread and I think that many people don't realize it." It's really sad that a former white head football coach realizes it, but most people prefer to avoid the topic and brush it off as just another person using the "Race Card".