Houston: Cradle Of Black Coaches

College football is getting a lot of well-deserved heat for its lack of minority head coaches at its highest level, the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division 1-A).

Of the 119 coaches at FBS programs, only six are black. And that's in a sport where, safe to say, there are plenty of black players who are helping colleges reap the billions in dollars they do.

Houston, though, has some opportunity to brag: fully one-third of the NCAA's black coaches have a local connection!

Kevin Sumlin, new coach at the University of Houston, has gotten in name in untold articles recently as the number of black coaches went down to four and papers easily listed them all. It's more attention than he got all year.

And the newest black coach, Michael Haywood of Miami of Ohio, is a Houston native.

Haywood is a St. Thomas High grad who went on to the University of Notre Dame, where he has recently been offensive coordinator (to the degree to which you could say ND has had an offense this year).

Haywood's also been an assistant at LSU and UT, and is considered a great recruiter with a bright future.

So look, America, Houston is doing its part. The rest is up to you.

-- Richard Connelly

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