Several coaching diversity groups are urging the NCAA to adopt a rule that would require schools to interview at least one minority candidate for head coaching positions all in the name of former Grambling State head coach Eddie Robinson.
The National Association for Coaching Equity and Development, along with the National Consortium for Academics and Sports and The No Hate Zone, has asked NCAA schools to adopt the Eddie Robinson rule, which would require institutions to interview at least one minority candidate for all head-coaching and leadership positions before making their final hires.
Dr. Richard Lapchick, the leader of the NCAS and author of the report cards that track diversity issues in sports, has pushed for these measures for years.
“‘The Eddie Robinson Rule,’ as coined by Dr. Lapchick, is an initiative designed to encourage colleges and universities to voluntarily execute a ‘best hiring practices policy’ for their department of athletics by pledging to interview at least one, preferably more than one, qualified racial and ethnic minority candidate in their final candidate pool for open head coaching and executive administrative positions,” NAFCED said in a statement to The Associated Press and ESPN.com on Friday. “The need for such a rule is borne out of the indisputable fact that racial and ethnic minority coaches are frequently overlooked by the search and hiring process commonly used by colleges and universities.”
There are currently just 10 black head coaches among the 128 schools that comprise the Football Bowl Subdivision.
The NFL has adopted the Rooney Rule that requires all franchises to interview one minority candidate.