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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Black Coaches and Administrators have awarded 'A' grades to 21 of the 39 Division I schools that conducted head football coaching searches in 2011-12, though the organization's executive director said Thursday he was alarmed that only six of them hired minorities.
The annual Hiring Report Card is not based on how many minority coaches are hired. Rather, schools are evaluated based on criteria pertaining to the hiring process. Historically black schools are not included in the study.
In 2010-11, 10 of the 28 head coaching jobs in the Bowl and Championship subdivisions were filled by people of color.
"While the numbers of hires of head coaches of color for Division I schools did not measure up to recent successes, I believe this report has been a shining example of the positive change on the landscape of intercollegiate sport in recent time as it pertains to diversity and inclusion efforts," executive director Floyd Keith said.
There were 18 head coaches of color in the FBS at the start of the 2012 season, down one from last year.
Of 12 coaching changes in the BCS automatic qualifying conferences the past year, Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin was the only coach of color to be hired. African-Americans Curtis Johnson (Tulane) and Garrick McGee (UAB) and Pacific Islander Norm Chow (Hawaii) were other coaches of color hired in the Bowl Subdivision.
African-Americans Turner Gill (Liberty) and Dino Babers (Eastern Illinois) were hired in the Championship Subdivision.
The basis for the grades:
— Number of direct telephone communications between the school and the BCA executive director or NCAA director of leadership development, with two calls required for an "A."
— Percentage of people of color on the search committee, with 30 percent required for an "A."
— Percentage of people of color who were interviewed on campus, with 30 percent or higher earning an "A."
— Duration of the search, with two weeks or longer required for an "A."
In addition to the 21 A's, there were seven B's, seven C's, one D and three F's.
FBS schools receiving A's: Akron, Arizona, Arizona State, Florida Atlantic, Fresno State, Hawaii, Houston, Illinois, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Tulane, UAB and UCLA. FCS schools receiving A's: Columbia, Eastern Illinois, Fordham, Houston Baptist, Massachusetts and Yale.
Texas A&M, even though it hired Sumlin, was the only FBS school to receive an F because it did not participate in the study.