Tracking the Growth and Success of FBS African American Head Coaches: Week 11

In the Words of legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury “another one bites the dust and another one gone and another one gone and another one bites the dust.” That is the mood I am in today after Eastern Michigan head coach Ron English was fired last thursday after a tape recording surfaced in which he can be overheard calling his players “Faggot Ass Mother Fuckers”. We here at 6rings do not support that kind of language or that kind of thinking but it was necessary to not censor it. However the writing was on the all for Ron given his teams 1-8 start prior to his firing. The funny thing in all of this is that Eastern Michigan actually won on Saturday beating rival Western Michigan 35-32. Lets check in and see how the rest of the list did.

Combined Record (51-57)


Week 11

Charlie Strong (Louisville) –  Louisville ran over another overmatched opponent this week in beating Uconn 31-10. This week they face a better than expected Houston team in what should be a high scoring affair. Looking for a safe bet? Take the over in this one.  (8-1)

Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M) – The offense once again scored 50 points and the defense once again gave up over 30 points. Johnny Football is ballin and should take home his second Heisman this year. However A&M Defense needs to play better this week in Death Valley. Tasty good match up here in A&M and LSU. (8-2)

David Shaw (Stanford) – Thank you coach Shaw, Thank you from all of us Buckeyes. The reason I thank him is because Stanford knocked off previously undefeated Oregon this past Thursday. The Cardinal are a good football team that can play with anyone in the country. (8-1)

James Franklin (Vanderbilt) – In one of the bigger upsets of this past weekend Vandy beat the Florida Gators. That game has put Vandy one win away from being bowl eligible with three games to go against Kentucky, Tennessee, and Wake Forrest. The Commodores are more than capable of winning out.   (5-4)

James Franklin

James Franklin

Ron English (Eastern Michigan) – Fired, Canned, Sent to the Showers, and told to pack his bags. That is now two black head coaches that have been fired this season reducing the remaining number to 10. Coincidently the two coaches who were fired both coached in the MAC. Ron is a good Defensive Coordinator and he should land a job on a good staff next season.  (1-8)

The statement issued by the EMU Athletic Department in regards to the firing of Ron English

The statement issued by the EMU Athletic Department in regards to the firing of Ron English

Darrell Hazell (Purdue) – Purdue lost in blow out fashion. What else is new? (1-8)

Curtis Johnson (Tulane) – It appears that the Green Wave were getting washed up in the hype of their good start. After losing this past weekend to an average Texas San-Antonio team Tulane has now dropped 2 in a row. The Green Wave C-USA West division titles hopes are on the verge of being washed away. (6-4)

Mike London (Virginia) –Virginia is bad football team. They were blown out this week by UNC. At least they aren’t as bad as Purdue or the team beneath them on this list. (2-8)

Garrick McGee (UAB) – UAB is not blazing any trails this season other than a bunch of L’s in the loss column. Expect another one this Saturday when they take on East Carolina. (2-7)

The Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail

Ruffin McNeill (East Carolina) – That loss on the road at Tulane stings for East Carolina right now.  However they were able to blow out Tulsa this weekend 58-24. As mentioned above this coming weekend they take on UAB which should be an easy victory. (7-2)

Willie Taggart (South Florida) – USF had a bye week this week. Which is good because they could lose allowing the FBS African-American head coaches to combine for a winning record this week. (2-6)


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