Black Coaches Association head notices quick hire

12/16/2005 - Colorado Buffaloes

As the University of Colorado prepares to introduce Dan Hawkins as its new coach on Friday, the swiftness of his hiring has not gone unnoticed by the Black Coaches Association.

"At one point, [CU athletic director Mike Bohn] made a statement that the school had somebody in mind. ... I'm always nervous about that," BCA executive director Floyd Keith told the Rocky Mountain News. "If they had somebody in mind, it's not the guy I suggested and it wasn't a search."

Keith did not otherwise have an objection to Colorado's choice to replace Gary Barnett, who was fired Dec. 10.

"If [Hawkins] is the best guy, then that's their call," Keith told the newspaper. "I don't have to substantiate that; I have no feeling about it one way or another."

UCLA assistant head coach Jon Embree is the only minority candidate known to have interviewed for the Buffaloes' head coaching job.

"I just want to thank everyone that supported me -- former players, alumni and boosters," Embree told the paper. "It was a good experience."

There are currently five black head coaches among the 119 Division I football programs: Washington's Tyrone Willingham; Mississippi State's Sylvester Croom; UCLA's Karl Dorrell and the recent hires of Ron Prince by Kansas State and Turner Gill by Buffalo.