Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Report: Minorities Hold Few Top College Sports Jobs in Michigan

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Report: Minorities Hold Few Top College Sports Jobs in Michigan

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DETROIT

Although state universities and the NCAA have discussed the issue of diversity for decades, nine out of 10 jobs in Michigan college athletics are still going to White candidates, and three out of four to men.

The findings of a study by The Detroit News were reported last month.

Even as numbers have increased on the field, minorities and women have hit a hiring wall, the newspaper reported, and although some schools have launched internship programs, the efforts have yet to pay off.

Ron Stratten, who oversees minority internship programs for the NCAA, the governing body for college athletics nationwide, said he believes the numbers are the result of an "entrenched, covert racism in intercollegiate athletics."

"I don't see it changing unless you consciously decide to make a change," he says. "Our athletics administrators, our presidents, have to make a conscious decision that they are going to change their hiring practices."

Over the past four years, 184 jobs with combined earnings of $12 million have been created or filled in athletics at the 13 Michigan public universities with NCAA-sanctioned sports programs. Nineteen of those jobs, just over 10 percent, went to Blacks, and 163 went to Whites. …

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