Advancing the Ball: Race, Reformation, and the Quest for Equal Coaching Opportunity in the NFL

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Advancing the Ball: Race, Reformation, and the Quest for Equal Coaching Opportunity in the NFL

Format:  Hardcover,

204 pages

Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr

Publish Date: Jan 2011

ISBN-13: 9780199736003

ISBN-10: 0199736006

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Following the NFL's desegregation in 1946, opportunities became increasingly plentiful for African American players--but not African American coaches. Although Major League Baseball and the NBA made progress in this regard over the years, the NFL's head coaches were almost exclusively white up until the mid-1990s. Advancing the Ball chronicles the campaign of former Cleveland Browns offensive lineman John Wooten to right this wrong and undo decades of discriminatory head coach hiring practices--an initiative that finally bore fruit when he joined forces with attorneys Cyrus Mehri and Johnnie Cochran. Together with a few allies, the triumvirate galvanized the NFL's African American assistant coaches to stand together for equal opportunity and convinced the league to enact the "Rooney Rule," which stipulates that every team must interview at least one minority candidate when searching for a new head coach. In doing so, they spurred a movement that would substantially impact the NFL and, potentially, the nation. Featuring an impassioned foreword by Coach Tony Dungy, Advancing the Ball offers an eye-opening, first-hand look at how a few committed individuals initiated a sea change in America's most popular sport and added an extraordinary new chapter to the civil rights story.

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Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
Publish Date: Jan 2011
ISBN-13: 9780199736003
ISBN-10: 0199736006
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 204
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.95
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 10.0 x 0.75
Walmart No.: 9780199736003

Chapter outline

Forewordp. IX
Acknowledgmentsp. XIII
Introductionp. 1
Baltimore Lovep. 9
An Idea's Originp. 15
Superior Performance, Inferior Opportunitiesp. 33
Enter the Godfatherp. 51
The Rooney Rulep. 61
The Coaching Carouselp. 87
Millen, Mooch, and the Great Detroit Hiring Debatep. 107
Birth of an Alliancep. 117
A Season of Dreamsp. 131
Digging New Wellsp. 143
The Road to Super Bowl XLIp. 159
Epiloguep. 167
Notesp. 175
Indexp. 195

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Review by Library Journal (2010-11-01)

Decades after the NFL desegregated, head coaching positions remained almost entirely held by whites-until two attorneys and a former offensive lineman worked to bring change. Temple University law professor Duru chronicles how it happened.

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Following the NFL's desegregation in 1946, opportunities became increasingly plentiful for African American players--but not African American coaches. Although Major League Baseball and the NBA made progress in this regard over the years, the NFL's head coaches were almost exclusively white up until the mid-1990s.Advancing the Ballchronicles the campaign of former Cleveland Browns offensive lineman John Wooten to right this wrong and undo decades of discriminatory head coach hiring practices--an initiative that finally bore fruit when he joined forces with attorneys Cyrus Mehri and Johnnie Cochran.

Together with a few allies, the triumvirate galvanized the NFL's African American assistant coaches to stand together for equal opportunity and convinced the league to enact the "Rooney Rule", which stipulates that every team must interview at least one minority candidate when searching for a new head coach. In doing so, they spurred a movement that would substantially impact the NFL and, potentially, the nation. Featuring an impassioned foreword by Coach Tony Dungy,Advancing the Balloffers an eye-opening, first-hand look at how a few committed individuals initiated a sea change in America's most popular sport and added an extraordinary new chapter to the civil rights story.

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