By Adam Rittenberg, ESPN: In 1981, Dennis Green became the first Black head coach of a Power 5 football program (Northwestern). Two years earlier, Willie Jeffries broke the same ground in Division I-A (now FBS) at Wichita State.
Green and Jeffries were pioneers in a sport where Black men had increased representation on the field but not the sideline. But four decades after Green’s hiring, college football’s leadership remains disproportionately white, despite recent diversity initiatives.
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ESPN examined the hiring of Black leaders at every Power 5 football program, spotlighting four positions: head coach, athletic director, and offensive and defensive coordinator, the jobs most likely to produce head coaches.
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