Fading Myths About Black Coaches
(“The Diversity Lessons the NCAA Can Learn From the NFL,”
www.diverseeducation.com, Feb. 1)
The Super Bowl was a wonderful moment for both the NFL and society at large. There will be young men of color saying to themselves that they want to be head coaches in the NFL. The term “role model” cannot be overstated, as both Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith wear the term well. The notion that Black men don’t have the intellectual acumen to be head football coaches at the highest level is slowly fading away. Reluctantly, colleges have been slow to hire African-American head coaches. My prediction is that just as the Black quarterback myth dissipated, hopefully the Black coach myth will do the same.
— Dr. James B. Ewers Jr.
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Miami University Middletown
© Copyright 2005 by DiverseEducation.com