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Indianapolis, In – November 18, 2009 -The Black Coaches and Administrators (BCA) Football Hiring Report Card (HRC) highlights hiring practices for head football coaches in Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Division was released to the media today.

The 2008-2009 hiring cycle and the 6th BCA Football HRC resulted in thirty-two (32) searches. The final results were eleven (11) A’s, eight (8) B’s, five (5) C’s, three (3) D’s and five (5) F’s. The most significant findings this year of the five (5) grading categories are communication and time frame. Communication is always an important factor as well. Iowa State University received an “A” regarding their hiring process. “Taking the time to conduct an inclusive and thorough search is critical to making a successful coaching hire,” said Iowa State Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard. “We were very pleased with the quality and diversity of our candidate pool and we are honored to be recognized by the BCA for how we conducted our search process” said Jamie Pollard, Athletics Director at Iowa State University.

Also significant is the importance of the role of the President of during the process. “Presidents can demand an inclusive and diverse search process from their athletic directors and vice presidents. Presidents must stand up for justice and not block the path” said Floyd Keith, BCA Executive Director. “Many factors influence the collegiate search. The President, athletic director, board of trustees, the hired search group, the in-house search committee and significant others of political and financial influence are all stakeholders in the process” Keith continued.

In addition, Brad Bates, Athletics Director at Miami University (Oxford, OH) said “The process designed by the Black Coaches & Administrators Association is an exceptional tool for not only identifying high quality coaches, but provides the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussion with exceptional candidates; serve as references for other institutions based on personal interactions with prospects; and contribute to a hybrid dialogue of pedagogy, ethics and leadership that ultimately advances our profession to the developmental benefit of current and future students. We are extremely grateful for the vision of the Black Coaches and Administrators Association and the leadership of Floyd Keith as we collectively strive to pragmatically model those values we aspire to grow within our students.”

To view the complete BCA #6 Football Hiring Report Card, visit www.bcasporsts.org <<a href=”http://www.bcasporsts.org”>http://www.bcasporsts.org> .

About the Black Coaches & Administrators

The Black Coaches & Administrators (BCA is a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to foster the growth and development of ethnic minorities at all levels of sports both nationally and internationally. The BCA is committed to creating a positive enlightened environment where issues can be examined closely, debated sincerely and resolved honestly. The BCA’s focus involves the concerns of its colleagues in professional sports, NCAA (Division I, II, and III), NAIA (Division I and II), junior college and high school levels.

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