Archive for the ‘Black coaches’ Category

Coach worship is a virtual religion in this country. It’s a key pillar in our understanding and enjoyment of sports. The best example of coach worship might be the reverence we hold for the Green Bay Packer’s legendary head coach Vince Lombardi, who is perhaps football’s greatest coaching icon, and deservedly so. The Super Bowl trophy is named for Lombardi.

But rarely if ever do I read, watch or hear about real coaching excellence or genius when it comes to the assessment of minority coaches.

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The first headline I read the other day stated simply: Marion Jones Signs to Play for Tulsa Shock. First question I had was – who are the Tulsa Shock? Second question – is this the same Marion Jones? What I discovered was that the Tulsa Shock are a newly re-located team in the WNBA, formerly […]

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He leads one of the NFL’s best teams. But we barely know who he is. What does this brother have to do to get some love? His team remains undefeated which means he’s now 14 and 0 – the best record ever for a first-year NFL head coach. But all we seem to know is […]

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I might as well write this now, while Randy Shannon and his Miami Hurricanes are still undefeated. My first impression is that it appears he has a national championship caliber team. It is important that Shannon, the Hurricanes former defensive coordinator do well this season. I believe he has a chance to make a powerful […]

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I’ll always have a special fondness for Morgan State University.   Morgan State was one of the few schools that considered giving me a football scholarship when I was in high school.   Later that same school year I watched Morgan State win the NCAA Division Two basketball championship on national TV.   Morgan State was […]

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A day before the big game, the nation’s biggest annual event, and this year there are very few words about the prospect of an African-American coach winning. This time it seems Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin is just another coach on the verge of leading his team to victory on the world’s largest sports stage. I suppose […]

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Following the AFC and NFC championship games yesterday there is one certainty: an African American head coach will win the upcoming Super Bowl. Let that sink in for a minute. For the first time in NFL history two black men will lead their teams in football’s biggest game. This is an extremely significant development for […]

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NFL Moving Toward Coaching Equality

Posted: 8th January 2007 by David Burnett in Black coaches, Coaches, NFL
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Forty one years ago the NBA became the first major sports league with an African American head coach when the Boston Celtics named Bill Russell to lead the team. At that time the question many people had was when would the next minority coach be named. NBA teams responded with honor. In four decades black […]

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