Third BCA report card due Wednesday

Updated: November 9, 2005, 11:23 AM ET
Associated Press

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.

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