Charles Barkley's thoughts on Auburn's hire of Gene Chizik...
"I think race was the No. 1 factor, you can say it's not about race, but you can't compare the two resumes and say [Chizik] deserved the job. Out of all the coaches they interviewed, Chizik probably had the worst resume...I'm just very disappointed...I just thought Turner Gill would be the perfect choice for two reasons: He's a terrific coach and we needed to make a splash. I thought we had to do something spectacular to bring attention to the program. Clearly, if we'd hired a black coach, it would have created a buzz...We talked about the whole race thing in Alabama...I told him it's there and it's going to be anywhere you go. I told him you can't not take the job because of racism. He was worried about being nothing more than a token interview. He was concerned about having a white wife. It's just very disappointing to me."
I agree with those who lament the lack of black head coaches in college football. I don't think forcing schools to interview black coaches is the answer. There is a cultural problem among the men who influence these coaching searches (boosters, etc.). At certain schools, they are the true racists and I can completely imagine Auburn's boosters gathering to chat football and scoffing at the thought of hiring a black coach. The problem is not that they are white. The NFL has rich white people running it and have plenty of respected black coaches (Dungy, Herm, Tomlin, Crennel, Lovie, etc..) It's the elitist, racist, old-school attitude of these people at certain schools. Especially at a lot of these schools in the deep south, I just don't see a short term or an even long term solution.
I really hope that Admiral Martin doesn't have to deal with these scum.
What do you guys think?