ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS PROGRESS IN RACE MADE

You know things have changed slightly when we Black folks keep track of the first African American to something in various fields. I say slightly because the fact that we still track African American firsts is an indication we still have a ways to go for true progress.

In my Saturday Knoxville News Sentinel newspaper, is a story about the hiring of Black head coaches at division 1 universities. According to the article, there are now eight, yes Virginia, 8 Black head coaches at the following schools: Kansas, Virginia, East Carolina, Kentucky, Memphis, Miami, Louisville, and Houston. Of course, some of these men will fail and some will succeed. My fear is, as always, that the schools where the coach may fail will never hire another Black, judging all Black coaches based on the failure of the one they hired. Still it is progress.

I have wondered often, why is it the major universities hired Black head basketball coaches with no problem but claimed, at least some did, that the fans and alumni wouldn’t accept a Black head football coach?

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