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Phillips vs. Franklin a coaching landmark for SEC

Posted on: November 10, 2011 1:23 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It's not No. 1 vs. No. 2. But with virtually nothing in the way of fanfare, Vanderbilt and Kentucky will become just as big a part of SEC history when they meet in Nashville this Saturday.

Why? Because thanks to the Commodores' James Franklin and the Wildcats' Joker Phillips, the game will mark the first-ever SEC matchup between two African-American head coaches.

Sylvester Croom
famously became the league's first African-American head coach at Mississippi State in 2004, but resigned the position before any other minority hires were made in the conference--Phillips is the league's second, Franklin the third.

Speaking to SBNation's Steven Godfrey after practice Wednesday, Franklin said that with his team fighting for bowl eligibility, the historic nature of the game hasn't even occurred to him:
"Today is the first time I've heard or thought about it, honestly ... I hope we can get to the point real soon where it's not even a discussion point. But I also understand the signifigance of it, and I'm proud to be here with Vanderbilt, and proud that it's Joker. I've got a tremendous amount of respect for him. I've known him for a long time and I know who he is as a man."

"If this was 20 years ago, this game would be a bigger story, but that only means we're headed in the right direction."
This is true, but the fact that this particular bit of history is being made in a Vanderbilt-Kentucky game is a sign that there's still a long way to go; it's simply not a coincidence that the SEC's three African-American coaches to date have gotten their shot at the three universally acknowledged least-desirable jobs in the league. Still only 8 of 66 BCS conference head coaching positions (12 percent) are held by African-Americans.

But as Franklin points out, that it's taken until Thursday for anyone to notice that this substantial a milestone is being passed is a good indication that progress is being made. Given where the SEC was not so long ago, we think the league will take it.
Comments

Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 8:21 pm
 

Phillips vs. Franklin a coaching landmark for SEC

Not really household names......"YET"



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 6:33 pm
 

Phillips vs. Franklin a coaching landmark for SEC

If the majority of CFB and CBB players were white the student athletes would be getting a share by now, oh I forgot they would not need a share coming from the cushy suburban neighborhoods with their trust funds and college educated parents
How i God's great earth, when you re-read your above statement, do you not realize how blatantly racist that comment is?  If that's truely how you feel, that really does make you a racist.

Don't be ignorant or just plain stupid, black people couldn't even vote in the country they helped build until the mid 60's and were not even allowed in the same southern schools these guys coach at until 60's as well.
  We all get it.  We've all been told the stories of inequality.  But you should take a lesson from Nelson Mandela.  After apartied in South Africa, he had the vision and wisdom to know that focusing on the atrocities of the past would just further divide his country in the future.  America needs a Nelson Mandela.  Someone who tell's the black community to stop dwelling in the inequailities in the past (even the present inequalities), becuase as long as you do you'll never achieve equality.  But the black community has been duped, and mis-lead, with leaders like the Rev. Jackson, Al Sharpton, or Jeramiah Wright who constantly remind you of the horrible past your ancestors endured, and by doing so, enslave your future to unrest, unhappiness, and inequality.

True signs of ignorance.
Yep... you said it best. (but look at yourself)



Since: Oct 27, 2010
Posted on: November 11, 2011 4:40 pm
 

Phillips vs. Franklin a coaching landmark for SEC

True signs of ignorance.  Of course, they're not going to complain with $4mm+ salaries and big paydays for the universities.  If the majority of CFB and CBB players were white the student athletes would be getting a share by now, oh I forgot they would not need a share coming from the cushy suburban neighborhoods with their trust funds and college educated parents. Don't be ignorant or just plain stupid, black people couldn't even vote in the country they helped build until the mid 60's and were not even allowed in the same southern schools these guys coach at until 60's as well.  I guess this what I would expect from obvious pro-confederate jealous b#$@T.

Roll Tide 99' Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering   and 100% NEGRO



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 4:37 pm
 

Phillips vs. Franklin a coaching landmark for SEC

As a black American I would be glad when these type things not be news or make headlines. The teams should be the talk of this article not the fact that two black Americans are the head coaches at Vanderbilt and Kentucky and are meeting for the first time. I had hoped that this type thing would not be a news worthy item by the time I had grand kids, but here we are.

I Think the media has a goal of keeping this stupid crap alive.

Was there news when Jackson State had it’s first white quarterback in school history. I don’t remember an article about this event at all. Was there an article when the first white head coach was appointed to an predominate black school college?. Once again I can not remember an article about that event either.

Some how of the other, though this is a very important event to write about.

One thing that is not mentioned in this article is the fact that both these teams have beaten Ole Miss and the coach, Nutt, at Ole Miss is now fired.

I was aware the Crooms was, at one time the first black head coach in the sex at Mississippi State Bulldogs.

The sec schools have now hired two other black coaches this is called progress. Progress is expected and not newsworthy.

CBS should have something else to write about other than the fact that two black head coaches are meeting for the first time in the sec.

“ONE MAN’S OPINION”





Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: November 11, 2011 4:37 pm
 

Phillips vs. Franklin a coaching landmark for SEC

I think the article should highlite the facts that.....this is a LANDMARK GAME coz it is first time that TWO SEC African-American Head Coaches go head-to-head in a game at the same time the USA has a black (actually a bi-racial) President.



Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 2:42 pm
 

Phillips vs. Franklin a coaching landmark for SEC

From 1995 to 1998, when Oklahoma  and Oklahoma ST. played it was with African-American coaches for both teams and just now 17 yearrs later the SEC has finaslly gotten around to having two Black coaches in THE ENTIRE LEAGUE, what does this say about the SEC schools?



Since: Oct 5, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 1:38 pm
 

Phillips vs. Franklin a coaching landmark for SEC

this article has that dumb b*&^% jemele hill from espn written all over it



Since: Oct 5, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 1:37 pm
 

Phillips vs. Franklin a coaching landmark for SEC

geez who gives a s&^%

it gets old hearing all this crap all the time about school AD's or presidents or coaches being white etc. you dont hear white people bitching or writing articles about all the athletes being black do you? let the schools and team owners hire who the f&^* they want, its nobody's right to tell them how to run their teams/programs.




Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:01 pm
 

Phillips vs. Franklin a coaching landmark for SEC

And people wonder why there is still racism in this country.... How can there not be when every time you turn around the media and politicians are separating us into ethnic buckets and putting hyphens in front of this or that group to make sure we all know we are "different". One day people may be judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin (or ethnicity), but the cbssportline and other media outlets and politicians continue to ensure division of the races and ethnicities by constantly calling out accomplishments in a racial or ethnic context rather than simply focusing on individual achievement. Why? Because bad feelings between races generates stories, the reverse does not. So it's to the media's advantage to promote racial division every chance they get. Pathetic.



Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:23 am
 

Phillips vs. Franklin a coaching landmark for SEC

What is really sad is that 2 African-American coaches has to be a subject.... very sad. what someones ethnics have to do with anything.  Hire a good coach... African-American coaches are all over the country, some very good at that.


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