Tracking the Growth and Success of FBS African American Head Coaches: Week 6

For homicide detectives the clock starts ticking the moment they are called. These are not actors. There is no script. This is real. Their chance of solving a murder is cut in half if they don’t get a lead… within the first 48 hours!!!! Kudos to A&E and their critically acclaimed crime show for accurately describing my feelings on this Monday afternoon.  I feel this way because the first black FBS head coach has been fired this season and it was none other than Don Treadwell from Miami of Ohio. An 0-5 start to this season and a 8-21 career record would put you squarely on the hot seat. Especially at a school whose football program is known as the “Cradle of Coaches”. There are now 11 black head football coaches at the FBS level and several of their seats are getting quite warm. I don’t want to point any elbows > Ron English. Lets see how the rest of the coaches faired this weekend.

Combined Record (31-32)

Weekly Record 5-6

Week 6

Charlie Strong (Louisville)- The Cardinals beat the Temple Owls 30-7 dropping the owls to 0-5. It is comical how bad Louisville schedule has been thus far this season. However on a positive note this Thursday the Cardinals welcome the Rutgers Scarlet Knights to Papa Johns Stadium. We shall see if Papa knows best. (5-0)

Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M)- A Bye week on Saturday meant that we were able to go a weekend without hearing about Johnny Football. Praise Football Jesus, Hallelujah! This Saturday the Aggies head to Oxford Mississippi to face the Rebels. If you are looking for a gambling tip for this weekend take the over in this match up. (4-1)

David Shaw (Stanford)- Stanford defeated the University of Washington 31-28 in what was arguably the best game of the weekend. Two good teams going to head to head down to the wire and the Cardinal prevailed. David Shaw leads the Cardinal on the Road this week to fact the Utah Utes. Without the mailman to deliver no one in Salt Lake City stands a chance. (5-0)

The Mailman

The Mailman

 James Franklin (Vanderbilt)- When coach Franklin woke up yesterday morning and read James Franklin leads his team to victory he was completely confused. Then he shook his head and realized an opposing QB with the same name defeated his Vanderbilt Commodores. James Franklin the QB threw 4tds as MIzzou beat Vandy in Nashville 51-28. The Commodores are now 3-3 and have a much-needed by week this Saturday as they prepare for three straight games against ranked opponents. It is going be a tough back stretch for Vandy to go bowling this year. (3-3)

Ron English (Eastern Michigan)- After losing at Buffalo on Saturday the Eagles have now been outscored 93-34 in their two conference games. In the words of Ruby Rhod Ron English seat is getting Hot Hot Hot! (1-4)

Darrell Hazell (Purdue)- Purdue had a much-needed bye week this week to do anything that they can to get better. Folks this is just a flat-out bad football team. This week the Boilermakers welcome Nebraska to turn to town. (1-4)

Curtis Johnson (Tulane)- Tulane headed improved to 2-0 in C-USA after defeated North Texas 24-21 this past Saturday. This weekend brings a real juicy matchup against another FBS team led by a black head coach the East Carolina University Pirates. I will make sure that my colleague Mike includes this game in week 7 College Football Drinking Schedule (4-2)

Mike London (Virginia) – Last week that Virginia was on upset alert against the Ball St Cardinals. Saturday the Cardinals went into Charlottesville ravaged, pillaged, and burned the town the ground winning 48-27. Sniff sniff do you smell something cooking ? I think that might be Coach London back side(2-3)

Garrick McGee (UAB)- The Blazers lost to Florida Atlantic 37-23 and im starting to get nervous. Looking at the rest of their schedule it is going to be tough for the Blazers to pick up wins. However you play to win the game. (1-4)

Ruffin McNeill (East Carolina)- The Pirates won again improving their record to 4-1 on the season. Shane Carden’s 1537 passing yards and 12tds with only 4ints has people in Greenville conjuring up the days when Jeff Blake was leading the Pirates to an 11-1 season and a #9 ranking in the 1991 final poll. (4-1)

Jeff Blake Finished 7th in the 1991 Heisman voting.

Jeff Blake Finished 7th in the 1991 Heisman voting.

Willie Taggart (South Florida)- Grab the gatorade and get out the Cubans, Coach Taggart won his first game as the head coach of South Florida. Led by Mark Joyce 2ints the Bulls knocked off Cincinnati 26-20. Off the snide and heading to Uconn to face a team that is 0-4 with an interim coach. Things are starting to look up for the Bulls. (1-4)

Don Treadwell (Miami of Ohio)- Last week I wrote. “I’m sure Woody, Bo, Webb, Ara, and Paul Brown would turn over in their grave knowing Miami is averaging 8.8ppg.” Anyone want to guess how many points Miami scored this week in their loss to Central Michigan? Anyone? The answer is 9 points and those 9 points cost Coach Treadwell his job. HE GONE * Ken The Hawk Harrelson Voice *. (0-5)

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