Whitlock: Black Matriarchy Plays Significant Role In The Plight Of Black College Football Coaches

The college football world told Derek Mason, Lovie Smith and Kevin Sumlin — three of its 13 black Division I head coaches — to turn in their playbooks and leave a forwarding address for the remaining dollars left on their contracts. 

Soon, the TV opinionists, radio talking heads, college football beat writers and everyone else concerned with being on the right side of Twitter will begin the process of excoriating college football as racist. 

The excoriation will grow louder when the NFL’s Anthony Lynn joins his white brethren, Dan Quinn, Matt Patricia and Bill O’Brien, in the unemployment line. 

In recent years, when high-profile black football coaches have failed, the coroner has never really examined their body of work in search of a cause of death. It’s as if, for black head coaches, death is expected, that there’s nothing to learn. 

The prevailing wisdom among the woke is that all black problems have white solutions. Things didn’t work out for Mason at Vanderbilt, Smith at Illinois and Sumlin at Arizona because college football hasn’t hired enough black coaches.

Football is racist. Everyone knows that. The white men who coach it, organize it, fund it and select the head coaches are the modern-day Calvin Candie, the fictional Mississippi slave owner in the movie Django Unchained.

Maybe that’s all true. But I’m not sure that explains why 41 years after Wichita State made Willie Jeffries the first black man to lead a Division I football program that big-time college football has yet to produce its version of John Thompson or Nolan Richardson. 

Fourteen years after Illinois State University made Will Robinson D-I’s first black basketball head coach, John Thompson won a national title at Georgetown and built a dynasty that rewarded Thompson’s top assistant coach (Craig Esherick), oldest son (John Thompson III) and greatest player (Patrick Ewing) with the head coaching position. A decade later, Nolan Richardson matched Thompson’s feat, winning a national title at Arkansas and appearing in three Final Fours. Richardson’s top assistant, Mike Anderson, would later become the head coach of the Razorbacks. 

I bring all this up because I spent Sunday, Monday and Tuesday this week researching, thinking about and discussing the plight of black college football coaches. 

I’m amazed at how little information about black college football coaches is actually out there. It’s easy to find story after story complaining that college football decision-makers are racist or biased. Maybe I didn’t know where to look, but I couldn’t find a comprehensive list of the black men who have been named head football coach of a Division I school. 

I spent a day and a half compiling my own list. By my count, 53 black men have led a Division I program. Here’s a link to my full list. Check it out. Perhaps I missed someone. 

My point is everyone loves to complain about the lack of opportunity for black college football coaches. No one has actually examined what we (black men) have done with the opportunities we’ve earned and what we can learn from those successes and failures. 

When it comes to black football coaches, everyone seems to agree that white racism is the problem. 

Should we look any further? Should we explore any other potential complications?

In 41 years, 53 black men have been named head coach of a Division I program 74 times (some coaches have led multiple schools.) Nine of those men — Kevin Sumlin, David Shaw, Charlie Strong, James Franklin, Herm Edwards, Jimmy Lake, Ruffin McNeill, Randy Shannon and Karl Dorrell — have winning records. 

So who has been the most successful?

It has to be Stanford’s David Shaw, followed by Penn State’s James Franklin, and then three guys who are sidelined as head coaches — Charlie Strong (Louisville, Texas and USF), Kevin Sumlin (Houston, Texas A&M and Arizona) and Tyrone Willingham (Stanford, Notre Dame and Washington.)

Shaw is the cream of the crop. He and Franklin are the only black coaches to win a Power Five conference title. Shaw has won the PAC-12 three times. His 2015 team finished 12-2 and ranked No. 3 in the country. Franklin won the Big Ten in 2016. Only three other black coaches have won a conference title. Turner Gill (2008), Michael Haywood (2010) and Dino Babers (2015) won the Mid-American Conference.

Shaw has won 88 games in 10 years at Stanford. 

Stanford is interesting. The school has had three black coaches, all of whom would have to be considered successful. Shaw, Willingham and Denny Green, the old Minnesota Vikings coach. Willingham won 44 games at Stanford, including a 9-3 season in 2001 that landed him the Notre Dame job. 

Denny Green took over a terrible Stanford program in 1989. In his second season, he upset No. 1-ranked Notre Dame. In year three, he led the Cardinal to an 8-4 season and a second place finish in the PAC-10. He then left to become the Vikings head coach.

So why have all three of Stanford’s black football coaches succeeded? 

I have a theory. 

Stanford isn’t a football factory. It caters to rosters filled primarily with legitimate student-athletes from stable family backgrounds. Stanford football is Duke basketball. The racial makeup of the Stanford football team is a bit different from the typical football factory. 

By my rough count and estimate, Stanford’s roster is 52% white, 46% black and 2% other. 

It’s easier for black coaches to lead teams filled with kids from nuclear families. Black kids from broken homes and/or with broken-father relationships struggle to submit to the leadership of black head coaches. They respond better when the ultimate authority is white or female.

I know that sounds crazy to some of you. I know that, as a member of the media, I’m supposed to just write that white racism is the explanation for every black problem. 

But the reality is that insecurity and self-hatred are bigger problems for black male athletes. You can see it in their attraction to the Black Lives Matter movement. BLM is a cry for white love and a white solution to black problems. BLM is a plea for a white daddy to save black culture. 

For the last 60 years, black culture has been ruled by the matriarchy, and a lack of respect and belief in black men. Kids raised by single mothers and single grandmothers have little regard for black male authority figures. Their irresponsible fathers and bitter mothers give birth to a cynicism that, if left untreated, quietly haunts the child throughout adulthood. 

The culture of female dominance, leadership and worship is now the default culture of black millennials. With 75 percent of black kids born into single-parent homes, baby-mama culture — and the cynicism that goes along with it — have been imposed upon black kids from two-parent homes. In order to fit in, in order to meet “Black Twitter’s” standard of blackness, Carlton from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air must conform to the culture of the matriarchy. 

In this era, the Atlanta politician Stacey Abrams would have a better chance of duplicating the Georgetown basketball dynasty than Big John Thompson.

In an effort to connect with modern black athletes and win the approval of black matriarchal culture, all coaches are being forced to conceal their authentic beliefs. They all have to bow at the shrine of Black Lives Matter and express adoration for George Floyd, Jacob Blake, Eric Garner, Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown, etc. 

Everyone knows it’s all bullshit. Do you think Nick Saban believes Michael Brown, who wrestled for control of a police officer’s gun, was the victim of racism or the victim of bad decision-making? Do you think Saban believes criminal suspects have the right to resist arrest?

It’s all a charade. The athletes know it. A white coach can shed a tear or two inside a team meeting and pacify his players. 

But for black coaches, the charade is much more serious. Their burden of BLM proof must rise above a reasonable doubt. Team meeting tears are not enough. They must issue bold and provocative public statements to the media denouncing whatever BLM has told them to denounce. They must pretend they live in daily fear of being killed by police. They must invite Dr. Harry Edwards or a local race-baiting equivalent to speak to their teams. 

Black coaches must prove their blackness on command. 

It’s a burden. They just want to coach football and share the values that helped them become successful. Football coaches, regardless of color, generally fit a profile. They’re stubborn, conservative, disciplined, traditional and family oriented. 

David Shaw, Kevin Sumlin, Charlie Strong, James Franklin and Herm Edwards come from similar, two-parent backgrounds. Their parents were educators or members of the military or coaches. They were raised in the patriarchal culture commonplace in the 1960s and 1970s.  

Today’s black matriarchy makes coaching more challenging for them. At Stanford, Shaw has the luxury of leading a locker room less hostile to strong black male leadership. 

That’s my theory. Feel free to reject it. I won’t be offended. Don’t you be offended when I reject the assumption that white racism totally explains the plight of black coaches.  

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  1. Really enjoyed reading this. I have done some similar research on this topic not just for NCAA but also the NFL. I think many of the issues you mention are not just impacting football and sports but our society in general. 50 years of the LBJ plan has hurt many in the black community and it will take many years to fix it. The first step is admitting their is a problem. Please keep speaking out.

  2. I had a boss one time who was a strong outspoken black man who for a lack of better terms to describe him was “down with the struggle”. With everyone he supervised his favorite employees were white hillbilly types who were really country and immersed in redneck culture. I asked him about it one day as to why he liked those guys so much given their extreme differences outside of work and said simply that “those guys show respect to me as their supervisor”. He then said because he knows all of them to have fathers and so its easy for them to not feel hurt or threatened when he has to be tough or make difficult decisions. Anecdotal for sure but thats what this article reminded me of. Well done.

    • Similar experience in the Army. Several Black men in leadership offered the opinion to me that the white hillbilly/cracker/redneck probably didn’t think much of them as black men growing up or even “off-duty”, but culturally, they just had a better work ethic and acceptance of authority- regardless of who wielded it.

      They went on to say the some of the black soldiers bristled at any authority, but most certainly from other black men in positions of leadership. They found it far more difficult to manage some of them. I think this is often evident today when any Black who is a Republican is labeled any number of terms such as Uncle Tom.

    • Keep tearing down, ripping up, and assaulting the philosophy of the nuclear family, then we haven’t seen nothing yet. Some of these wannabes, craving power, are brutal perpetrators who don’t care about the destruction they cause, in order to obtain their goals.

      Mr. Whitlock I appreciate your points of view. As always!

  3. I agree the more matriarchal a group is the more emasculated the men are hence they wouldn’t respect patriarchal authority like coaches of football teams. Racism seems to be the deflection because skin color is highly visible while underlying conditions aren’t as visible.
    African men certainly are probably most emascualted given family structure but it’s not by much anymore compared to other ethnic groups. Out of wedlock births and divorce are pretty common now for most ethnic groups in America.

  4. You once again hit it out of the park with the truth. Devauleing the influence of black men in family structure has lead to so many unintended consequences. As you pointed out in another great article how our history of our competitive culture now lives in the world of the attention starved on social media. What you pointed out is probably why Mike Singletary didn’t have long term success I wanted him to get the Cowboy job just to see him stare down TO with those eyes. Sad state of affairs watching our way of life dissolve right in front our eyes. Keep fighting the good fight we lost a giant with passing of Water William’s carry the torch god bless

  5. You are the next in line in the brilliance of Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams. Two of the most intelligent men to walk the planet. I have consumed pretty much all of their writings. Your hard truth punch in the mouth writings are what they delivered and what every American needs to read and absorb.

  6. I’m writing here in the mother/baby unit for my first born son. I could not imagine my wife being here with just her mom and without a husband to love and care for her as a team.

    I agree with Ray that taking care of our nuclear family should always be our most important concern. While many of us believe the lie that domestication and taking care of a family is boring, I couldn’t be more happy to be here today to support my wife and let her know that we are in this together.

    Especially being a father(for two days), I will do everything in my power to take care of my nuclear family and also their mentality. I’m not going to shield them from all of society, but you can believe when some man-hating person tells them to apologize for their existence and privilege, he can easily shirk it off as a self-loathing emasculated individual with hate and jealousy spewing at him.

    Thank you Jason for another great article. Would love to see this all continue to go more mainstream instead of ESPN celebrating every little new fake cultural barrier as something to be celebrated.

  7. First, it would be interesting to know the health of the program leading up to the hiring of a black coach. Are black coaches more often brought into struggling programs as an effort to change the culture but in the end, it’s just a struggling program. Turner Gill at Kansas as an example. Turner went to Liberty after Kansas and had great success.
    Second, I mentored a fatherless black kid starting in 7th grade. Eventually he moved in with us his senior year so we could get him through high school. His mother didn’t object because she knew she didn’t have the discipline to get him through it. We now call him our second son and our whole family adopted him. But what you mention about his dynamics with his birth family is spot on. Every black male in his life has abandon him. All the seemingly strong black women in his life have now transferred their male bitterness towards him now that he is an adult (22). He went from the loved boy to the “you don’t show enough respect” world with those women and he is rejecting it because the respect is expected to flow only one way. His real grandmother recently called me and told me she doesn’t care if he is 22, he is still just a little boy to her and he better treat her with respect. She had no interest in the idea she wasn’t treating him with respect. If I tell him to do something he generally goes along or respectfully pushes back. If a black man tells him to do something he immediately rails on the guy for daring to tell him anything. I have many great black male friends and I’ve talked to him about his attitude towards them but 17 years of being engrained by the women in his life is hard to overcome.

    • I think you are onto it that there are probably more factors than what Jason brings up in this article that go into black coaches’ winning record. Would those other factors have more of an impact of what Jason brings up? My guess is no.

  8. I have long believed that the infantilization of the black male was the direct and INTENDED consequence of LBJ’s (who was no fan of blacks it should be noted) Great Society programs of the 60s. Throw in Roe v Wade passing a few years later and the fix was in.

    In 1960, black out of wedlock births were about 24% of black births. Now it is 3x that and statistically the surest path to generational poverty and increased dependence on government largesse. Once again, by design.

    If you control for family structure (i.e. two biological parents in the house), the wage gap between races largely disappears. Funny that.

    The black male was replaced by a check- by design. Released from the primal masculine instinct to protect and provide- he lashes out in frustration and we as a society continue to reap the whirlwind.

  9. Another home run column by Whitlock. Feelings outweigh the truth in our society. Not sure when this began. The media largely is nothing more than the steno pool for the left. Weren’t we warned by the book 1984 groupthink is not a good thing.

  10. Great article. The disruption of the nuclear family affects everyone. It’s become commonplace in America, primarily through Hollywood and the mainstream media, with the glamorization of not only “baby mama culture” as Whitlock calls it, but also “I don’t need a man to raise a child” culture.

    I wasn’t raised by a Mom or Dad. I was raised by parents. My kids are being raised by parents. My brother is raising his daughter, with little to no influence from her mother, and she is a mess. I don’t believe my brother is a bad dad, but being a parent isn’t meant to be a solo act. It’s a partnership.

    One that partnership is broken, the child or children suffer. It’s a proven fact, and has become so commonplace, most of Hollywood has been affected at one point or another, so now they glamorize it because they’re “better for it”. They’re not, they’re wrong, and their influence has spread like wildfire through modern American culture.

    If you’re going to watch tv, try and watch as a family. Otherwise, turn it off, along with your kids social media and yours for that matter, and spend some time with your children.

  11. Very good article Jason, and thought provoking. I think your theory has merit simply because it makes so much sense. What is really concerning to me is that it is so logical, yet the only blacks that you may hear espouse it or agree with it are you, maybe Jason Riley, Shelby Steele, or the late Walter Williams. A testament to the brain washing by and fear of the media and woke crowd, but I repeat myself.

    • Add Thomas Sowell, Star Parker, Candace Owens, Tony Evans, Ernest Alexander, Herm Edwards, Ben Carson, the late Herman Cain, the late Martin Luther King, his surviving family, Allen West and many many more.

  12. Excellent insight as always sir… just wish more people had an appreciation for the true meaning of being “woke”. To awaken out of the bad situation you may have grown up within and to succeed despite the circumstances should be it’s hallmark, rather than to languish in the enviroment that tells you not to even try because you are a victim….

  13. I really appreciate the work that Jason puts into his writing. A true great journalist. Whether you agree or not you have to consider his point of view.
    His theory that kids from fatherless homes, in this case black kids, have a difficult time with black male authority makes perfect sense to me because, although I am white, I grew up in a fatherless home and I have issues with strong male authority. I didn’t recognize my issue until later in life so it’s completely understandable to me why college aged kids who grew up without a father may not respond well to a strong black head coach. To me this is the root of most of our social issues in America. On one hand I can see the frustration in the black community which led to the formation of BLM but to have a big part of their agenda be to dismantle the tradition nuclear family, namely diminish the importance of strong men, is just wrong and will only make things worse.

    Jason, keep up the good fight!

    • Those “woke” people want only THEIR voice in the conversation. Anyone who disagrees is not debated, but demonized via media & popular cultural, who will do whatever it takes to ruin the person who said it. That’s what weasels do when they know they would lose the debate.

  14. Consider this corollary, also, Jason:

    Very few African American head football coaches have operated their programs in a “thug” culture, unlike many (temporarily at least) successful WHITE coaches.

    White coaches that aggressively recruit players with pre-existing problems with the law, or perhaps a sketchy record of interacting with members of the opposite sex, but are 4 or 5 star recruits, these programs like Miami or maybe Florida St or similar, these programs end up playing for national championships, their coaches get 8 figure contracts, many players end up in the NFL where they get arrested or end up on front pages for “off the field” activities.

    Sylvester Croom, one of the most respected and stand up guys in the world, played for Bear Bryant, was the first black head coach in the SEC. When a bunch of the players he inherited got into substantial trouble with the law, he suspended them. Many of these players were stars. As a result, MSU had a terrible season and was humiliated by rival Ole Miss. Croom was summarily fired by MSU.

    Dan Mullen didn’t care if his players were criminals, in fact, most of the data shows that he was happy to pay them money as recruits, ignore bad behaviors like assaulting women, etc. Mullen now makes over $6 MILLION a year at Fla.

    The black head coach, whether football, basketball, or lacrosse, can’t afford to adopt the “boys will be boys” approach when his players commit rapes or robberies. The Barry Switzers, the Jackie Sherrills, the Urban Meyers, the Dennis Eriksons, and others who cover up, enable, and tacitly support criminality so long as a kid can catch a football, get rich and seldom even get bad press. Meyer, who had full knowledge of Aaron Hernandez’ criminal ties even in college, gets paid millions by ESPN and is touted for this or that next head coaching position, this AFTER a scandal at Ohio St that indirectly led to his leaving there.

    • The same things that doomed Croom, has doomed many white coaches, a lack of willingness to adjust and not holding assistant coaches accountable (Woody McCorvey, one of this close friends was his very ineffective OC). Croom was set up to succeed, he could have easily had the success Mullen had, but refused to adapt his offensive strategy to the strengths of his talent. Year after year, the stubbornly tried to run the West Coast Offense, in spite of it never working (had he just implemented the Spread!!!!). He had very good defenses that kept games close.

      Croom was very much a “players” coach (how many times has that not worked?), while Mullen was a hard ___ whose players didn’t like him, but he pushed them, held them accountable and developed them, making them better.

  15. I was just having this thought process in my mind about black quarterbacks, its foolish to say they are not smart enough to play the position (as some Dinosaurs have suggested), I think the reality is it often comes down to parenting. I once heard Reggie Jackson say that the common denominator among elite athletes who also have the “IT” factor is good parenting. He talked about meeting Tom Brady’s parents, Derek Jeters parents, among others. Jeter had one of the best upbringings possible, his father was a military psychologist who had fascinating approaches to raising and instilling his son with a high sense of personal responsibility.

    Fast forward to present day NFL, the best Quarterbacks in pro football (IMHO) are Russell Wilson and Patrick Mahomes. They have the athleticism of a “skill position” player with the brain of a head coach. That is due to hard work, intelligence, and great parenting in both cases. By contrast, Lamar Jackson has the talent of an all pro, the heart of a champion, but was raised in an economically deprived town in Florida, and lost his father at age 8, and was thereafter raised by the “Matriarchy” bit Whit refers to.

  16. I’m a teacher at a powerful NY basketball HS. We have no white students. Our basketball coach is white, and very successful. He’s a pretty mellow guy. About 20 years ago the “black faces in the right places” crowd tried to get him out, but failed. It would have been a disaster, and everyone knew it. Much of what you spoke of here was unspoken at the time. Hell, it’s still not spoken of too much – only in hushed tones.

  17. When you talk Jason, you come accross as smart and entertaining. When you write you come accross as a F’ ing genius. Keep writing so I can keep learning. Growing up poor, white and an athlete in public school system I had a lot of interaction with black culture through my black friends. We loved and thouroughly enjoyed discussing the differences in white and black culture. There was no difference in us as humans but our cultural differences were fascinating, interesting and comical to us at times. I miss those days of innocent political incorrectness. You connect me to that in a way and for that I am grateful.

  18. Good article, but one thing I believe is also part of the equation is that’ there are substantially more white coaches at all levels to choose from. There is always this bad assumption by many in the media that if, for example, 75% of the players in the NFL are black then 75% of the coaches should be. However, elite players are rarely elite coaches. Guys like Belichick, Saban, Sean McVay, etc.. weren’t elite players mostly due to physical size and skill but that has nothing to do with coaching. In fact I would estimate, 80 to 90% of coaches(including position coaches) are white if you start with high schools thru NFL. Because of the much larger pool of white coaches at all levels it only seems natural there would be more at the top level. Part of the solution needs to be more black players becoming coaches at all levels so the cream can start rising to the top.

  19. Nailed it again!!! It goes to the roots of your upbringing. It takes a village is true but the base of the your village is the home. The homes make the village. Stability, consistency, caring, love and accountability are the foundation of everything. Yourself, your development and your family are your foundation.

  20. An intriguing theory – but Jason loses me a bit when he pivots from basketball to football, and then never returns back to the opening topic of successful black basketball coaches. Wouldn’t the matriarchal actor impact basketball coaches just as much as football coaches? He never explains that. Not that I’m arguing that “systemic racism” or “the man” is responsible for head coaches getting fired. Sports is like the military in one sense: it’s very results oriented. You either do the job or you don’t. The Tuskegee Airmen weren’t respected because they were black; they were respected because they were among the most disciplined and skilled fighter pilots in the Army Air Corps, and the Germans feared them more than any other outfit. My thought is: It is easier to build a successful program in college basketball than college football. There are more D1 basketball schools (so more opportunities), and the success is more spread out. In football, there are only a handful of schools where longterm success is realistically possible. (Even Michigan and Nebraska are not currently on that list.) And those schools rarely have turnover. The schools with vacancies are the ones that have not had success, and so that’s where a coach can get hired – but winning will be tough. In basketball, you can have regional success, you can be a midmajor juggernaut. Also, you only need to recruit a handful of really good players to turn a struggling program around – again, unlike in football.

    • Interesting response James. But in theory, as you bring up the Tuskegee Airmen example, one now has to ask, is it easier (for anyone) to lead successfully a squad (ie: basketball) or a platoon (ie: football)? My guess is the former.

    • James, appreciate your feedback. Black basketball coaches are facing the same challenge. That’s why we haven’t had a John Thompson or Nolan Richardson in 30 years. It’s a contributing factor to the decline of black NBA coaches.

      I wrote: “In this era, Stacey Abrams would have a better chance of duplicating the Georgetown dynasty than Big John Thompson.”

  21. Interesting theory. My theory is the further we stray from the truth, the harder it is to discern intent and outcome. here is a simple truth that no one ever mentions: a black head coach who has been fired at some point was a black coach who was hired.

  22. If I told you that a sportswriter is one of the leading American voices on the subject of Race, would that be praise for that sportswriter or an indictment of what we used to call our mainstream media? Jason is an important voice, glad that as a subscriber I can help provide a forum for him.

  23. Has Kevin Sumlin profited more from “Johnny Manziel” than Johnny Manziel ever has or ever will ???

    Sumlin got his Won The Lottery Contract & Mega Buy-Out from aTm post-Manziel … and then his Arizona deal … all from Manziel’s One Super Season …

  24. The “single-parent homes, baby-mama culture” has always been a concern for me. It is a conern for not just blacks, but whites and latinos as well. As groups such as BLM continue to support this culture, the generations younger than myself fail to see any issues with the dissolution of the patriarchal culture. Very sad.

  25. Interesting hypothesis. I do not believe CFB is anymore “racist” than CBB or pro sports. It’s a meritocracy that rewards greatness. One would think that black players would identify with black coaches , but your hypothesis could explain some things.

    Great work. Original, fearless thought from JW is what sets OK apart.

  26. World War II was a different animal. In 1964 the number of black families with two parents in the home was 84%. I assume it was that or more in the 1940″s. Black households with single mom’s shot up after the start of The Great Society and Lyndon Johnson’s famous quote about that bill.

  27. Jason at one time there was a lot of talk in the the black community were are the Fathers to the children they had . At one time the church was the the strongest things in the black neighborhoods .The teaching of Jesus Christ and the good book have been replace by the new god the Government welfare state supported by white liberals big tech the media and BLM . That racism is the biggest problem .Not failing schools out of control crime were they live and the factory jobs have been sent to China and millions of illegals let into our country to take what work is left . Its hard to be a father with out a job .
    IT’s Not Racist To Say America First .

  28. Interesting article. I think you hit the nail on the head. On another note I’m noticing more kids who come from a mixed racial family are popping up all over the place in the sports world. That would be an interesting story

  29. I’ve come to respect and admire Jason Whitlock and his writing. The truth is, Jason is a younger version of ME….with more notoriety. This article is spot on! I’ve been saying this for several years now, and that, of course, comes with lots of criticism from the Black Community in the process. However, I love that Jason doesn’t share his convictions based on what people are going to think or say, but that he does it because it is the truth and it needs to be heard and shared. Thanks again, Jason, for another brilliant perspective on the issues that impact our daily lives and culture.

  30. I really enjoy your articles Jason. I found this one very interesting. As a 50 yr old white man from the Midwest it’s interesting to me I feel like I have far more in common with you than my white liberal college friends. It’s odd since you were raised an urban, albeit Midwest urban which might have instilled our similar values, black man. I really enjoy hearing and reading you thoughts keep it up. One question though. Why do you think black D1 coaches have been able to have more success in basketball?

  31. This is perhaps the most outstanding articles Whitlock has ever written, and he’s written a lot of them.

    I wish every athlete and coach of every ethnicity, not just blacks, would read Whitlock’s articles.

    The axiom, “once you imprison the mind, imprisoning the body becomes unnecessary” is perfectly and practically embodied in this article.

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