A Critical Race Analysis of the Hiring Process for Head Coaches in NCAA College Football

  • John N. Singer Texas A&M University
  • C. Keith Harrison University of Central Florida
  • Scott J. Bukstein University of Central Florida

Abstract

In this article, we respond to Singer’s (2005) challenge to sport management scholars to consider race-based epistemologies in conducting certain kinds of research in the field, as we use critical race theory (CRT) as a framework to analyze the Black Coaches & Administrators (BCA) Hiring Report Card (HRC) (Harrison & Yee, 2009). The BCA HRC was created as a result of the access discrimination that has historically taken place in college sport (Brooks & Althouse, 2000; Cunningham & Sagas, 2005), which has consequently contributed to the under-representation of racial minorities in the head coach position in college football. The HRC places the hiring process of predominantly white institutions of higher education (PWIHE) under public scrutiny, with the ultimate goal of changing the decision-making process when these institutions hire head football coaches. This article utilizes CRT to support and justify the conception of the HRC, and also applies CRT principles to the five grading criteria of the HRC as a way to better understand what has been occurring in the hiring process for head football coaches at PWIHE. Implications for research and practice related to the head coach hiring process in college football are discussed.

Author Biographies

John N. Singer, Texas A&M University
Singer is with Texas A&M University, Department of Health and Kinesiology, Division of Sport Management, College Station, TX. Harrison and Bukstein are with the DeVos Sport Business Management Program, College of Business Administration, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
C. Keith Harrison, University of Central Florida
Singer is with Texas A&M University, Department of Health and Kinesiology, Division of Sport Management, College Station, TX. Harrison and Bukstein are with the DeVos Sport Business Management Program, College of Business Administration, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
Scott J. Bukstein, University of Central Florida
Singer is with Texas A&M University, Department of Health and Kinesiology, Division of Sport Management, College Station, TX. Harrison and Bukstein are with the DeVos Sport Business Management Program, College of Business Administration, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
Published
2010-12-01
How to Cite
Singer, J., Harrison, C., & Bukstein, S. (2010). A Critical Race Analysis of the Hiring Process for Head Coaches in NCAA College Football. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 3(2), 270-296. https://doi.org/10.1123/jis.3.2.270