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Tyrone Willingham knows a little something about getting fired. It happened to him at Notre Dame in 2004, and at Washington this year.And although Willingham isn’t asking for any sympathy for his own situation, he says that coaches — and especially African-American coaches — are getting fired too quickly, and without enough time to build their programs.”It’s not just my issue, it’s a college football issue — we have to give coaches a chance to do their job,” Willingham told the Chicago Tribune. “Because now we have coaches … especially some of the minority coaches … they are losing their jobs after 21/2 years. That’s not right.”Miami coach Randy Shannon is currently the only African-American head coach of a BCS team. Willingham says he’d like to believe that more big programs will have black coaches at the top.”One thing no one has ever disputed is that our program was run the right way,” Willingham told the Tribune. “That should identify clearly that African-Americans have the ability to run one of the largest corporate football programs in this country in the manner that it should be done. So hopefully it was a steppingstone for all.”

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  1. GraveDigger says: Dec 5, 2008 11:27 PM

    I’m sorry, I don’t want to be racially insensitive, but why can’t it just be about who is the best coach? Look at the black coaches who just lost their jobs: Sly Croom consistently had a mediocre team and Ty Willingham consistently had a mediocre team. They lost their jobs becuase of their performance, not their skin color.
    There are also 3 black NCAA D-1 coaches, Shannon at Miami, Gill at Buffalo and Sumlin at Houston.

  2. GraveDigger says: Dec 5, 2008 11:29 PM

    I guess you said Shannon is the only one at a BCS school, but there are more. Plus theres the guy at FIU who I think is Cuban, right? The guy at Navy is Pacific Islander and Steve Sarkisian is like Armenian, right? I think non-white coaches are pretty well represented in the NCAA.

  3. ThePancreas says: Dec 6, 2008 8:44 AM

    That comment is why Willingham is a fraud.
    Willingham is taking credit FOR DOING THE BARE MINIMUM as a head coach, which is staying away from the NCAA.
    Willingham has hurt the cause of African-American coaches by failing so miserably. Washington wasn’t asking Willingham to win National Championships, they were asking him to win ONE FRIGGIN GAME in the fourth year of his contract.
    Willingham is hiding behind race. He should take a cue from our President-Elect, and don’t let race define him.

  4. junation says: Dec 6, 2008 12:37 PM

    While I think that Tyrone Willingham is not the best person to make this complaint, don’t try to tell me that it’s all about the person with the best qualifications. Didn’t Charlie Weis just get another year at Notre Dame? Didn’t Lane Kiffin just get hired to coach Tennessee?

  5. GraveDigger says: Dec 6, 2008 4:25 PM

    It IS about the person with the best qualifications. Just because Notre Dame made a stupid decision and kept Weis doesn’t mean they did it because he’s white. It means they’re stupid. Kiffin was the most qualified coach out there… who should they have gotten? Turner Gill? Sumlin? Kiffin is a great recruiter and ran great offenses at USC. He was a good choice and he was picked based on his resume and pedigree, not his race. Heck, they offered the job to Lovie Smith before Kiffin. If there was a black coach or a hispanic coach who was more qualified than Kiffin, he would have been the choice.

  6. junation says: Dec 8, 2008 12:41 AM

    The opportunity that Weis got is not going to happen to someone like a Ron Prince and after the absolute debacle with the Raiders, Lane Kiffin is most certainly NOT the best candidate to chosen for a major college program. BTW, you must not have heard what Norm Chow said about him. Yes, I would have picked Turner Gill or Sumlin ahead of Lane Kiffin because they have successful head-coaching experience and no major questions regarding their integrity or maturity.

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