The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida has published its annual report card on diversity in college sports. The overall grade for racial hiring practices at colleges and universities rose from 81 points in 2012 to 82.3 points in 2013.
Among the highlights of the report regarding African Americans in college sports are:
* Blacks are 22.7 percent of all student athletes in the NCAA’s Division I and 16.4 percent of all student athletes in all NCAA divisions.
* In Division I, African Americans make up more than 55 percent of the male student athletes in basketball and 42 percent in football, but only 2.6 percent of the baseball student athletes.
* African Americans are 8.7 percent of all head coaches for men’s teams and 7.7 percent of head coaches for women’s teams in Division I. They are 23 percent of the head coaches for men’s basketball in Division I.
* Blacks are more than 40 percent of the assistant coaches in Division I men’s basketball and 26 percent in football. Only 6 of the 728 assistant coaches in Division I baseball are African American.
* All 11 conference commissioners for schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision are White men. None of the 23 conference commissioners in the NCAA’s Division I are Black.
* Only 9 of the 243 athletics directors at Division I schools are African Americans.
* Blacks are 1.9 percent of the sports information directors at Division I schools.
For a copy of the 2013 College Sport Racial and Gender Report Card, click here.