December 13, 2004
Black Coaches and NCAA Football
It's really quite incredible that these numbers exist in college football:
In 1997, there were eight black head football coaches in Division I-A. At the start of the 2004 season, there were five.I won't get into Norm Chow.
Now, after Fitz Hill resigned at San Jose State and New Mexico State fired Tony Samuel and Willingham changed address, there are three.
And UCLA, which has watched USC win one national title and earn a shot at a repeat, isn't exactly thrilled with Karl Dorrell after two years.
Those numbers aren't an embarrassment. Five undefeated teams, three of them from major conferences, and one BCS title game is an embarrassment.
Three black head football coaches out of 117 Division I-A institutions of higher learning in 2004 - 50 years after Brown v. Board of Education - is a sin.
A lot of head coaches, black and white, need a second chance to prove themselves. Trouble is, if they're black, they almost never get a first chance.
November 17, 2004
FCC Reviews 'Desperate Housewives' Football Promo
The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday reviewed complaints about ABC's steamy "Desperate Housewives" promotion before "Monday Night Football" and while the agency's chairman expressed disappointment, it was not clear whether government would tackle the network.
Although the FCC plans to fine 20 CBS affiliates for its live telecast of the Super Bowl halftime show this year in which Janet Jackson bared her breast, agency chief Michael Powell was measured in his comments about the seductive prime-time "Desperate Housewives" promo.
"First of all, as a legal matter, whether it's a problem is yet to be determined. We only respond to complaints and evaluate them fairly and make a decision," Powell said in an interview with CNBC.
"But I think it's very disappointing. I wonder if Walt Disney would be proud," Powell added.
November 07, 2004
[Honolulu StarBulletin] University of Hawaii's
[Honolulu StarBulletin] University of Hawaii's Timmy Chang breaks NCAA record for most career passing yards, becomes most visible Asian football star ever.