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NBC tabs Joe Gibbs, Joe Theismann for wild-card duty

Speaking of Tiki Barber (see two posts below), he will serve as the sideline reporter for NBC's early wild card game Jan. 9.

That's not the big announcing news about that game, though. It's that Joe Gibbs and Joe Theismann will be the analysts alongside play-by-play man Tom Hammond.

Hmm. Interesting. At least there's no danger of a conflict of interest because the Redskins are in the game.

Elsewhere in the world of random football news before I bid the blog adieu for a couple of days to work on a big project for the newspaper . . . 

Saturday's SEC Championship Game on CBS was watched in an average of 11.8 percent of homes in 56 major markets, the highest such rating for the SEC title game since its debut in 1992 and CBS' highest-rated regular-season college game since Notre Dame vs. Miami in 1989.

There were some strong comments on the NFL studio shows about concussions, but NBC blew life into another old football story when Tony Dungy offered his thoughts on the fact there is one black head coach of a BCS conference college team.

I was busy at Giants Stadium at the time, but NBC sent of a transcript of that exchange:


Is this anything other than institutionalized racism?


The numbers would tell you that it is. Of the BCS schools...one minority coach out of 65 in 2009. That is disgraceful.


You have a guy like Mike Tomlin. You recommended him to at least one BCS school.


One BCS school where I knew the athletic director personally. Mike Tomlin was the defensive coordinator with the Vikings. I said this is a guy you need to talk to. Mike didn't even get an interview. A month later, he's the head coach of the Steelers. That's the difference between the NCAA and the NFL right now.


You find with a lot of African-American assistant coaches that they will talk about this glass ceiling, that you'll only go so far, that you're not going to be promoted to head coach. And then they'll go to the NFL. They have an easier chance of being an NFL head coach than a college coach?


That's what people think. The colleges are losing a lot of good minority coaches to the NFL because of that. Raheem Morris was a defensive coordinator for Kansas State. He left there to be a position coach in the NFL feeling like he had a better chance for advancement.




It lies with the presidents. I was at an athletic directors meeting in Indianapolis and they told me all about boosters and alumni and all the different people that go into the decision making. But it comes down to the presidents. They are the leaders of these universities. They've got to step up and say, 'We're going to do the right thing. We're going to hire qualified people. We're going to hire the best man for the job regardless of what boosters or anyone else has to say.'


What's the pecking order in power here?


I know boosters have a lot to do with it and contribute a lot of money. But the president still is in charge of the university. He's got to step forward and so far they have not done that. Next month, a lot of changes will happen in college football jobs. We have to see what's going to happen.

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Tags: NBC , NFL , CBS , SEC

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