Legal action could be required to force change

Universities have left minority coaches with no choice but to follow the historical path to the courthouse to achieve justice, writes Rod Gilmore.

Updated: November 16, 2005, 1:08 PM ET
By Rod Gilmore | Special to
The Black Coaches Association (BCA) recently released its annual report card on minority hiring (or lack thereof) in major college football. Much of the attention was focused on the sorry numbers, but not much attention was given to the BCA's comment that legal action might be necessary to get universities to make the hiring process for minority coaches fair and equitable.

Let's face it: Legal action is inevitable to coax universities to do the right thing. That's because social change rarely happens without legal action or legislation.

Rod Gilmore

College Football analyst
Rod Gilmore serves as an ESPN studio analyst on SportsCenter and College Football Live, and provides commentary on ESPN's Friday night game telecasts. He writes regularly for ESPN Insider.