I read in the March 4th edition of the Star Tribune an article in the Sports section entitled, ‚ÄúDiversity makes staff stand out.‚Ä? This is a link to the article: http://www.startribune.com/512/story/1032386.html
The story told how new Gophers football coach Tim Brewster has hired six full-time black assistant coaches. Brewster has a total of nine full-time assistant coaches. The staff of Tim Brewster currently is tied for the highest number of minority football coaches in Bowl Championship college football teams. In the past, the Gophers athletic department has been criticized for its lack of minority coaches. Today it still currently has no minority head coaches. Brewster said his hiring decisions were based on the candidate‚Äôs ability to coach, recruit, and also connect with athletes. He said the ability of a coach to mentor students was also important.
As we have discussed in class, minorities in positions of power are often disproportionately left out. For example, African-American student athletes make up 46.1 percent of NCAA football players, yet the proportion of minority head and assistant coaches in college football is much less. Even though there are more minority assistant coaches on the Gophers staff, the head coach of the football team is white. I think the cause of the general inequality in college football is the same as in other areas we have discussed in class; it is related to the ideas of white privilege and minority disadvantage. Racial stereotyping has probably played an important role in this development.