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Athletic Diversity

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Oregon could become the first state to require public colleges and universities to interview at least one minority candidate when hiring athletic directors and coaches. The state legislature is currently considering a bill inspired, at least in part, by the National Football League’s “Rooney Rule.” Adopted in 2003, the rule (pdf) requires teams to make minority candidates part of the formal interview process for head coaches. (Originally, Oregon legislators wrote a law that would apply only to football coaches, but the House Education Committee amended it to include athletic directors and coaches for other sports.)

While the legislation has the vocal support of some athletic directors and coaches in the state, others — even advocates of affirmative action — have raised concerns.

Are you a student athlete? Have you coached college sports? How was your experience affected by race? How would these new hiring requirements affect you?


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