Oregon Bill Would Force Athletic Programs to Interview Minority Candidates

April 20, 2009

A legislative committee in Oregon on Friday amended a bill -- which would have required public colleges and universities to interview minority candidates before hiring football coaches -- to apply the requirement to include head coaches in all sports as well as other key positions in the athletics department, The Oregonian reported. Advocates for black coaches have pushed colleges to adopt such rules, noting the relative scarcity of black head coaches -- even in teams with many black athletes.

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