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SHAMEFULLY LILY-WHITE
Rick Telander
February 23, 1987
NFL head-coach opening? Blacks need not apply
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February 23, 1987

Shamefully Lily-white

NFL head-coach opening? Blacks need not apply

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A couple of years ago, when then 26-year-old David Shula was being courted for Philadelphia's head-coaching job, someone asked Dungy, the Steelers' defensive coordinator, what he thought. At the time, Shula's main qualifications were long experience as a Miami Dolphins ballboy, three seasons as the Dolphins' receivers coach and the right name. "Just don't say that there aren't any blacks who are qualified," said Dungy. "Don't say it's not the right time or the right place."

Sorry, Tony, it's not the right time. It's the 20th century. And it's not the right place. It's the NFL.

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