Why Isn’t There More Black College Basketball Head Coaches?

Jeff Goodman hosted a roundtable of college basketball experts to answer that question.

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Jeff Goodman sent a direct message to Coach K and the elite coaches in college basketball. It’s time to fix the disparity between white and black coaches in the NCAA.

Jeff Goodman sent a direct message to Coach K and the elite coaches in college basketball. It's time to fix the disparity between white and black coaches in the NCAA. Goodman hosted a roundtable on his CLNS Media Good N Plenty Podcast to discuss the representation issue. Black head coaches led only

Goodman hosted a roundtable on his CLNS Media Good N Plenty Podcast to discuss the representation issue. Black head coaches led only 18% of programs in college basketball’s top six conferences entering last season, 13% without the Big East.

Jeff Goodman sends a direct message to Coach K, John Calipari and the elite head coaches and college basketball. Stand up for black head coaches, and advocate for assistants who if more could make the leap would balance out the discrepancy between white and black head coaches in NCAA basketball.

“We don’t have that big voice, that has (spoken out) at the highest level,” Goodman said. “Why aren’t Coach K, why aren’t Calipari, why do we have to wait for black head coaches right now to come out and say that there needs to be more black head coaches? Why can’t the white head coaches come out and do that?”

Former Northeastern athletic director Peter Ruby, Tulsa AD Derrick Gragg, former coach Eddie Fogler and Baylor assistant Jerome Tang joined Goodman for the discussion. They shared the administrative and college basketball trends that have prevented legends like John Thompson from emerging in large numbers across the NCAA.

Peter Roby, the former Northeastern athletic director, weighed in on the shift toward short-term expectations for new head coaches in college basketball. He has seen some new coaches fired with within two years for not winning. Yet the alumni relations, recruiting in-roads and struggles of burnt-out programs necessitate more time than that. Expectations, he argued, remain the biggest factor holding back black coaches leaping to head roles.

Tang argued changing responsibilities of the head coaching position have hurt. He trained his whole life to be the best head coach possible. The interview process now emphasizes institutional control, a search for a CEO, amid an era of NCAA infractions. He found coaching ability to be the fourth-ranking factor.

“If the person looks different than me,” he said. “I’ve got to get past that and get past them to understanding that I am easy to work with, I am someone that they can get along with. If the people who are helping make the decision are not in the room to figure that out, then I’m already at a disadvantage.”

Baylor assistant Jerome Tang explains the problem in hiring practices that afflicts black head coaches, limiting their representation across the college basketball world. Listen to the full roundtable on black coaches in college hoops here: The CLNS Media Network is the leading provider for video/audio content. CLNS is a fully credentialed member of the media with access to all NFL/NBA/NHL/MLB teams & venues.———————————————————————————VISIT US AT https://clnsmedia.comFor CLNS Media Production Studio, go to http://youtube.com/clnsmediaFollow CLNS Media on Twitter – @CLNSMediaFollow CLNS Media on Facebook – http://facebook.com/clnsmediaFollow CLNS Media on INSTA – http://Instagram.com/clnsmediaDownload the FREE CLNS Media mobile app for iOS & GooglePlayThe CLNS Media Network is the leading provider for video/audio content. CLNS is a fully credentialed member of the media with access to all NFL/NBA/NHL/MLB teams & venues.———————————————————————————VISIT US AT https://clnsmedia.comFor CLNS Media Production Studio, go to http://youtube.com/clnsmediaFollow CLNS Media on Twitter – @CLNSMediaFollow CLNS Media on Facebook – http://facebook.com/clnsmediaFollow CLNS Media on INSTA – http://Instagram.com/clnsmediaDownload the FREE CLNS Media mobile app for iOS & GooglePlay

Fogler, who conducts head coaching searches for schools, responded by pushing that responsibility on head coaches. In Tang’s example, Fogler suggested he push for more responsibility at an institutional level from Scott Drew at Baylor. Preparing assistants for that leap, he said, is part of the job of a head coach.

“It’s not an easy job,” he said. “It’s not for everybody … but they’ve been trained properly. They’ve been given the experience, they’ve been pushed to be better.”

Eddie Fogler, a consultant who helps colleges find head coaches, shares his input on how the NCAA Power 6 basketball conferences can increase its share of black coaches. He called on head coaches to continue to educate, empower and teach their assistant coaches the ins-and-outs of the job. Most black coaches at major levels of the NCAA are assistants.

Roby pushed back, referencing the weight of expectations. Coaches receive two years sometimes to revive failing programs. That’s not enough to create ties with alumni, carve recruiting roads and simply make the adjustment to the job.

“Those people had time to build the program,” he said. “They were at their respective programs for a long time, and they built it over time. They created a culture.

 

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