The One With Too Few Minority Coaches in the NFL

Fun Fact of the Day: This is the first time Tiger Woods will not play in any major tournament in a calendar year, since playing his 1st major in 1995.


Today's Rundown

GOLF

Not out of the woods yet.  Tiger Woods withdrew from the last major of the year (next week’s PGA Championship) and his agent said he probably won’t be back to competing until next year. He’s still taking baby steps in his recovery, after undergoing 3 back surgeries since 2014. Why do his golfing buddies miss him so much?  Let’s take a walk down memory lane to a time when Tiger dominated the sport of golf… Tiger spent 683 weeks as the #1-ranked golfer in the world, including 281 consecutive weeks from 2005-10.  These days, no one is even close to filling the void. The current top 10 players have only spent 262 weeks at #1 altogether.

 

MLB

An out-of-whack back. Los Angeles Dodgers ace and the best pitcher in baseball Clayton Kershaw hasn’t played since June 26 because of back pain. Last weekend, it flared up again during a simulated game, so it could be a while before he returns. This is not good news for the Dodgers, who are sitting 4.5 games back from the San Francisco Giants in the NL West. This season, they have a 14-2 record with Kershaw starting, compared to a 39-40 record without him.

 

OLYMPICS

Say no to drugs!  In next month’s Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony you might notice a big hole between the teams for Romania and Rwanda. That’s because the World Anti-Doping Agency recommended that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ban all Russian athletes. Earlier this summer, the IOC already banned Russia’s track and field team because of rampant cheating—we’re talking state officials handing out banned substances like candy and swapping out tainted urine samples. Now, it looks like the drug problem is a lot bigger than we thought, spanning across athletes from 28 sports. This week the IOC will decide whether to ban the whole country (something that’s never been done before), specific sports, or only implicated individuals.


Spotlight on Minority Coaches in the NFL

Yesterday, ESPN released a report looking at the number of minority coaches in the NFL. SPOILER ALERT: Things aren’t moving in the right direction. 

What is the NFL doing to increase the number of minority coaches? In 2003, the NFL passed the Rooney Rule, which requires each team to interview 1 minority candidate every time a head coaching or senior operations position opens up.  For a little while it looked like the Rule was helping, but now the NFL’s numbers are back where they started.

Why isn’t it working?  Most head coaches are promoted or hired from offensive/defensive coordinator positions and minorities are not getting those gigs. In fact, of the NFL’s current 85 offensive coordinators and quarterbacks coaches only 5 are minorities.  On top of that, critics say that teams are just checking the ‘Rooney Rule box’ by interviewing one or two minority candidates without giving them a serious chance.

Does any team get a good diversity score?  The Carolina Panthers, N.Y. Jets, and Pittsburgh Steelers are the only coaching staffs with at least 50% minorities. It’s reassuring to see the Steelers on that list, because the rule was named after their owner Dan Rooney, who was an early advocate for diversity in the NFL.