The situation in college sports is no better. In Division I basketball, blacks make up roughly 60% of the players, but only 19% (57 of 298) of the head coaches. In Division I-A football, some 40% of the players are black, yet last season there were no black head coaches. Black coaches have since been hired at Temple, Eastern Michigan and Wake Forest, but that still means that fewer than 3% of Division I-A coaches (three of 107) are black. In fact, only nine schools—the others are Northwestern, Long Beach State, Nevada-Las Vegas, Ohio University, Stanford and Wichita State—have ever employed a black head coach, and you won't find a perennial football power in the lot.
Add in the fact that only three schools, Arizona State, Eastern Michigan and Minnesota, have black athletic directors and that in the pros, blacks in high-level front-office positions are even rarer than black coaches and managers, and the picture becomes even bleaker. It is especially discouraging that in the supposedly enlightened NBA, the percentage of coaches who are black has declined from a high of 27 in the mid-1970s to the current 11, and that most blacks in front-office jobs perform glad-handing roles as community-relations officers. All this helps explain why Jackson wrote Chicago Bear president Michael McCaskey last week and urged him to hire Bear assistant coach Johnny Roland, who is black, to succeed the fired Mike Ditka as Chicago's head coach.
Last week's firing of New England Patriot coach Dick MacPherson by CEO Sam Jankovich and the subsequent resignation of Jankovich, both developments following the buyout of co-owner Francis Murray by owner James Orthwein, the ouster of vice-president Joe Mendes and the resignation of p.r. man Pat Hanlon, had Boston scribes trying to scope out the team's new chain of command. As best anyone could figure, the top person in the organization behind Orthwein, who, for his part, has been trying to sell his sinking ship of a team, is now Lisa Coles, the director of the Pats' cheerleader corps.
Answers to the Match the Mismatches quiz on page 12: 1-H; 2-J; 3-I; 4-B; 5-A; 6-C; 7-F; 8-E; 9-G; 10-D.