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Third BCA report card due Wednesday

11/9/2005 - College Football

INDIANAPOLIS -- More than half of the 30 schools making
football coaching changes last year will receive grades of "C, D
or F" when this year's minority hiring report card is released
Wednesday.

This is the third year the Black Coaches Association has issued
the report card.

Grades are based on results in categories that include the
percentage of minorities involved in the hiring process, the number
of minority candidates who received interviews and the schools'
contacts with either BCA executive director Floyd Keith or the
chairman of the NCAA's Minority Opportunity and Interests
Committee.

Seventeen schools are expected to receive average, below average
or failing grades.

But the report showed little change among the number of
high-scoring schools in Division I-A. The 2004 report card showed
that although only one school actually hired a minority coach, six
received overall grades of "A." This year's report card indicates
the number of schools receiving an "A" remained about the same,
while the number of schools receiving a "B" increased.

Grades for individual schools were expected to be made available
Wednesday.

In Division I-AA, there was a decline among the top-scoring
schools. In 2004, two schools received an "A" compared with none
this year, and the number of schools getting a "B" also dropped.

Keith is advising student-athletes to use the report card when
making decisions about attending college and said in a written
statement that if there is not significant progress next year, the
BCA would consider legal action against schools based on hiring
inequity.

Only three Division I-A football programs have black coaches --
Sylvester Croom of Mississippi State, Karl Dorrell of UCLA and
Tyrone Willingham of Washington. Willingham, who was fired by Notre
Dame last year, was the only black coach hired this year after the
2004 season.

Lou West, who was hired by Indiana State in January, is the only
black head coach in Division I-AA at a non-historically black
college or institution.

NCAA President Myles Brand has urged athletic directors to take
a closer look at minority coaching candidates.