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I bet that title gets noticed.
But I guess I figure I'd honestly like to know, maybe from 5-6 responses before it gets locked. But is Tennessee's new staff too white to be excellent on the trail? Or is this something that can be overstated? Serious question. Would love to hear a lot of people chime in.
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This post was edited by fsufsu 16 months ago
Can't say, but I do think they assembled a quality staff. There's a lot of SEC winning experience on the defense.
The OL coach isnt a name but Butch Jones has hired him for three consecutive opportunities to be his OC. So, for better or for worse, Butch Jones thinks the guy is a stud.
I friggin' HATE white people.
Just like that it is now being reported that Tee Martin will accept Tennessee job and that brings them up to average from what I have seen in terms of minorities.
GREAT hire if true for the Vols. He is a legend around here and would bring a lot of positive will and energy.
Interesting question nonetheless. Would love to know how much black (or white, for that matter) HS recruits care about or notice this.
It's pretty clear black players are willing to play for white position coaches, and white for black, but would do players notice the general whiteness of an all-white staff? Do players notice a black HC? Or do they just look at results, period?
People can get upset about this question, but race is a real phenomenon in America, so I would hope the question would be seen as legit and one that can be answered and discussed without people getting crazy. Then again, this is a sports discussion board!
It matters more to Black parents than the players IMO.
I'm assuming QB coach?
Why do you think that? Just a previous generation, one closer to segregation?
You are entrusting your children to these coaching staffs for (hopefully) the next four or five years. There will be some instances where a coach will have to serve as a parent. A white coach may not have the type of understanding that a black coach would have in a particular instance.
Additionally, if the player is coming from a single-parent home and grew up without positive male role models, the parent may believe that a black coach could serve in that role.
On our current coaching staff, I would say that Haggins puts out a parental vibe, with Craig and Dawsey serving as role models that the players can relate to because of their age.
the farther you get away from the situation the more it matters....would matter more to fans, parents, and media than it would to the players
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I think it's a valid question. And I think it plays a factor in a coach's overall background and thus how well he connects to certain players. For instance, one of the reasons why Craig is so effective in Alabama is because he is from there, grew up there, played HS ball there, was recruited to play college FB, started as a QB at Auburn, and passed for 611 yards in an NFL Europe game (more than anyone has ever done there or in the actual NFL...fun fact). He can thus relate to and connect to them. That's something that he and a kid from Alabama would have in common.
Likewise, some people are more comfortable around people of the same race. So for kids who do care, then, yes, perhaps. However, I think the trend is towards more race neutrality. I may be wrong. Personally, I think all the recruits Coach Craig comes up in contact with love him because he's an honest, good dude, who's young enough to still be "cool."
For the parents, it's all about whether they can trust their coaches because they're basically sending their kids off to them. Can race play a factor? Probably.
Age of coach is a more significant factor than race, IMO, by the way.
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Not sure about recruits but I personally think it's time for the race issue to be a non-issue. Same with religion. You're a black guy, white lady, brown lady, mocha dude, yellow, whatever. People are people. There are nice people, crazy people, dumb, smart, or people who just want to fight for the hell of it. It just doesn't effing matter.
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I don't think it will be a major problem because all the kids will have had a lot of white authority figures in their lives. Most coaches in college are white so most of the kids who play ball will have a lot of white coaches recruiting them. I agree it will be a bigger deal with the parents though. When I was a kid my dad said he didn't care if it was my only offer he would never let me go to Ole Miss. He also automatically rooted for any black head coach no matter the sport or team they were coaching.
I suspect race can be more of a non-issue in team sports than in other areas, but it is a thing in our culture. We can't wish it away.
There are only two types of people I can't stand: people who hate other people because of their nationality, and the Dutch.
You're obviously a troll
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