Nine get A on hiring report card

Nine schools received an A in the Black Coaches and Administrators' inaugural hiring report card, which was issued Thursday.

The report card looked at 20 schools from the 120 in major conferences, which are the schools eligible for the Bowl Championship Series in football. It broke down the hiring process into four categories: communication with the BCA, number of minorities on the search committee (as a ratio of the total group); number of minorities interviewed (as a ratio of the total group); and how long the search process lasted.

The results of each category were scored and combined to give schools a final grade. A two-point bonus was added if a coach of color was hired.

Of the nine schools that received A grades, five had hired coaches of color -- North Texas (Tony Benford); Miami (Ohio) (John Cooper); Mississippi State (Rick Ray); TCU (Trent Johnson) and Tulsa (Danny Manning).

North Texas and Miami (Ohio) received the highest point totals.

South Carolina and Illinois, which did not hire coaches of color, both received maximum points for their search processes. The other two schools receiving an A were Central Michigan and Alabama-Birmingham.

Four schools received a B -- Florida International, Kansas State, SMU and Southern Mississippi.

Colorado State, Ohio, Nebraska and Western Kentucky were given Cs, while Air Force, which promoted from within, got a D.

LSU and Virginia Tech were the only schools to receive an F -- for not responding to the survey request. Both schools did hire black coaches (LSU hired Johnny Jones; Virginia Tech hired James Johnson).

The BCA report, which was conducted in partnership with the National Sports Journalism Center, also noted that the ratio of coaches of color to players of color is 37 percent this year, the same as it has been since 2009. The high-water mark for ratio of black coaches to black players was 46 percent in 2005.