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January 26, 2007

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Ken

A story on NPR the other day about two black coaches in the superbowl...

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6944981&ft=1&f=2

What I found interesting was that the interviewer asked the question: "When will the number of black coaches in the NFL cease to be an 'issue'"?

The interviewee replied that it would probably occur in a few years. The number of NFL coaches in the NFL reached its high water mark of 7 a few years ago and would probably creep up a few in the next couple of seasons.

This surprised me (even though it shouldn't have). In a league where 70% of the players are black, the issue of race and coaching will cease to be an issue when it tops out at 8 or 9 (out of 32)... Roughly 25-30%?

Now, I realize that Blacks are about 17% of the US population, so 25% representation in high level positions is a good thing.

But, cease to be an issue? Sadly, it's probably true...

Ken

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