Only a small percentage of the premiere talent of African Americans have risen to the top of their game as college football head coaches. The underestimation of competency by the community that recruits the coaches is widespread. Black coaches are not given an equal opportunity and are often passed over.
Just 13 head coaches in the 128-team Football Subdivision are Black. That’s 10 percent, compared with 54 percent of players, according to the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport. Many obstacles remain to African-American coaching advancement, ranging from an overwhelmingly white administrative structure in college athletics to influential boosters who prefer to recycle the same name-brand head coaches.
The lack of Black head coaches in college football has become a major issue. Despite the pressure of marginalization, these men are determined to go the distance and to be among the first to win a National Championship.