Minority Coach Watch: Black Head Coaches Lead Three Teams in Top 25 Games This Week

This week, Kevin Sumlin steered the University of Houston into the Associated Press’ Top 25 rankings at No. 23. The third-year head coach has guided 2-0 Houston to lopsided victories against visiting Texas State and UTEP. Houston this season boasts an average margin of victory of 35 points. Pac 10 stalwart UCLA will provide a stiffer challenge for the visiting Cougars on Saturday. Head coach Charlie Strong and the University of Louisville also travel to the West Coast to face No. 25 Oregon State University for their first game against a ranked opponent this season. Head coach Mike Locksley and the University of New Mexico will welcome No. 14 Utah to Albuquerque on Saturday.

The University of Miami and head coach Randy Shannon fell five spots to No. 17 after a loss at No. 2 Ohio State last week. The Hurricanes battle the University of Pittsburgh in a must-win game on September 23 for them to remain ranked. Head coach Joker Phillips and the University of Kentucky hope to improve to 3-0 when they host the University of Akron on Saturday before the start of SEC play.

This Saturday’s complete FBS minority head coaches’ schedule: Sept. 18

East Carolina (Ruffin McNeil) at Virginia Tech

Colorado State at Miami of Ohio (Mike Haywood)

Central Michigan at Eastern Michigan (Ron English)

Indiana at Western Kentucky (Willie Taggart)

Louisville (Charlie Strong) at No. 25 Oregon State

Akron at Kentucky (Joker Phillips)

Middle Tennessee at Memphis (Larry Porter)

Florida International (Mario Cristobal) at Texas A&M

Navy (Ken Niumatalolo)  at Louisiana Tech

No. 14 Utah at New Mexico (Mike Locksley)

New Mexico State (DeWayne Walker) at UTEP

No. 23 Houston (Kevin Sumlin) at UCLA

Sept. 17:

Kansas (Turner Gill) at Southern Mississippi