Tracking the Growth and Success of FBS African American Head Coaches: Week 12

The list of coaches and teams to follow on this list is getting shorter. We are now down to 10 African-American head coaches at the FBS level out of a total of 124 universities. The bad part about it is that I think that number will be even less next season given that we had two coaches fired this season and Mike London from Virginia is on the verge of finding a pink slip any day now. On a positive note it was pretty solid week for the current coaches on this list although there were some nail biter’s. Lets see how they did.

Combined Record (54-60)

Week 12


Charlie Strong (Louisville)- The Cards were in a close game this past weekend against fellow list member Kevin Sumlin former program Houston. It was a hard-fought 20-13 victory for Louisville whose defense did a great job of shutting down the high-powered Cougars. This week they face Memphis to face the Tigers.  I wonder if they will play some Project Pat Mista Don’t Play in the locker room before the game. (9-1)


Steady screaming North North!

Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M)- It was a Bye Week for the Aggies to help prepare for the Bayou Bengals of LSU. Lord knows their defense needed it. (8-2)

David Shaw (Stanford)- Stanford losing to USC this past Saturday pretty much sealed the deal for Ed Oregron to become the full-time head coach for the Trojans. The loss was a big one for Stanford as it fell behind Oregon in the PAC-12 north race. Its rose bowl hopes are all but over. (8-2)

James Franklin (Vanderbilt)- Kudos to you Coach Franklin Kudos to you my good sir. After beating Kentucky this weekend 22-6 Vanderbilt became bowl eligible and a 8-4 season is looking very likely for the Commodores. This coming week Vandy heads to Knoxville looking for back to back wins over a state rival Tennessee for the first time since 1924-1925   (6-4)

Darrell Hazell (Purdue)- Purdue had a bye this week and this coming Saturday will face the University of Illinois. That game will be the worst football game of the season. (1-8)

Curtis Johnson (Tulane)- The Green Wave also had a bye this week and Saturday look to get back on the winning track against 2-8 UTEP. (6-4)

Mike London (Virginia) –If there was any point in the season in which UVA wanted to travel to Orange Bowl to play Miami it is now. Three straight blow out losses for the Hurricanes means that there will be nobody at the game Saturday when the Wahoos head to town. (2-8)

Miami has the worst fanbase in college.

Miami has the worst fanbase in college.

Garrick McGee (UAB)- In a battle of two teams led by Coaches on this list the Blazers were blown out by Ruffin McNeill and the East Carolina Pirates. No shame in this game for UAB. East Carolina is a good football team. (2-8)

Ruffin McNeill (East Carolina)- Shane Carden threw for 347yds and 5tds.  The kid ia a baller for the rest see above.  (8-2)

Willie Taggart (South Florida)- USF lost to Memphis 23-10 and fell the debut season for Willie Taggart continues to be a struggle. This week the Pony Express comes to town.  (2-7)


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