Some Won't Commit to NCAA Diversity Pledge

May 16, 2017

Almost 30 percent of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s member institutions have not signed a pledge to diversify their athletic staffs.

Since the NCAA released the pledge seven months ago, some institutions have not signed, and high-profile universities like the University of Notre Dame and Boston College have declined to do so, The Washington Post reported.

Both Notre Dame and Boston College told the Post they have their own diversity initiatives, though both of their athletic departments remain overwhelmingly white, according to Post analysis.

A Notre Dame spokesman said that such an initiative should be spearheaded by the university, not the association. A Boston College spokesman said the president felt the pledge wasn’t strong enough.

Statistics released by the NCAA at a recent Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics meeting indicates that most athletic directors, head coaches, assistant coaches and student athletes are white men.

Of the NCAA athletic directors, only 8 percent are white women, and 3 percent are women of color -- nearly 75 percent are white men.

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