Tracking The Growth and Success of FBS African American Head Coaches: Week 13

The season is winding down and we are getting closer and closer to bowl season. As for the African-American head coaches throughout the country things got a bit interesting this past week. 6 out of the 10 FBS Black head coaches are bowl eligible and with Oregon getting blown out by Arizona, David Shaw and Stanford have clinched a spot in the Pac-12 championship game.

Combined Record (59-65)

Week 13


Charlie Strong (Louisville)- In a game that was closer than expected Louisville beat Memphis 21-14. It is looking like a trip to the Russell Athletic Bowl for the Cards unless UCF loses its last two games against South Florida and SMU. (10-1)


Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M)- A&M loss to LSU in Death Valley in a game that was big in several ways. First the Aggies are now 4th in the SEC west and second the 16/41 2int performance by Johnny Football might have cost him the Heisman. As how things are in the SEC another big game this weekend as they Aggies face #5 Mizzou. (8-3)

David Shaw (Stanford)- The cardinal are officially the PAC 12 north champs after beating Cal this weekend 63-13 and Arizona blow out win over Oregon. However before they face Arizona State for conference supremacy they host Notre Dame this weekend. (9-2)

James Franklin (Vanderbilt)- Coach Franklin is campaigning for not only being the best coach in Vanderbilt football history but also for a job at a more prominent program this summer. A 14-10 win over rival Tennessee seals up back to back winning seasons for the Commodores.  (7-4)

Darrell Hazell (Purdue)- The only positive thing about Purdue this season is that they haven’t quit even though they lose every game they play hard.  Next Saturday they face Indiana in the battle for the Old Oaken Bucket luckily for all of its basketball season. (1-9)


Curtis Johnson (Tulane)- The Green Wave snapped their two game losing streak by beating UTEP 45-3. Their final regular season game is this weekend @rice (7-4)

Mike London (Virginia) –UVA was blown out that is all. (2-9)

Garrick McGee (UAB)- UAB lost a heart breaker in OT to Rice. The worst thing for coach McGee is that he coaches in the same conference as two other members of this list. Thus he has a direct comparison to his peers.(2-9)

Ruffin McNeill (East Carolina)- It is official East Carolina is the best football program in the state of North Carolina. This past Saturday the Pirates beat NC State 42-27 giving ECU wins over two of the big boy programs in the state. Yes I know Duke is 9-2 but I think the Pirates are the better team (9-2)

Willie Taggart (South Florida)- USF offense has been a thorn in its side the entire season. That trend continued this weekend as they could only manage 6 points in a loss to SMU. It gets worse this week as they had to face in state rival UCF this coming Saturday.   (2-8)


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