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Friday, January 9, 2009

Football and race

Posted By on Fri, Jan 9, 2009 at 11:19 AM

I'd overlooked this story with an Arkansas angle. It's about Charlie Strong, a Florida assistant football coach and Batesville native who graduated from UCA and earned a master's from Henderson.

On the eve of the National Championship game between the Florida Gators and Oklahoma Sooners, the subject of race in college football has come up once again. It looks like it isn't going away folks unless there's a drastic change. Gators defensive coordinator Charlie Strong, a 48-year old Black man, has been working the sidelines for 25 years in college football and has NEVER been offered a head coach position. He was also passed over for a head coaching job at a Southern school he applied for. Why? Strong says it's because of his white wife.

"Everybody always said I didn't get that job because my wife is white," Strong said at media day Monday, according to ESPN. "If you think about it, a coach is standing up there representing the university. If you're not strong enough to look through that [interracial marriage], then you have an issue."

Florida columnist is sympathetic.

What do you think?


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