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Western Carolina Recognized for Hiring Practices by Black Coaches and Administrators

Nov. 19, 2008

BCA Football Hiring Report Card

Cullowhee, N.C. - The Western Carolina University athletics department earned an "A" from the Black Coaches and Administrators (BCA) in the annual BCA Football Hiring Report Card for its head football coaching search at the end of 2007.

Western Carolina was assigned the overall grade by the BCA based on its inclusive search and interviewing process. A total of 31 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) schools were evaluated and graded based on five categories including communication, search committee, final candidates, time frame and affirmative action for searches conducted in the 2007-08 hiring season.

WCU was among the 16 "A" grades handed out by the BCA, the most since the organization began handing out the report card for football hiring in 2004. Western was one of just three schools out of the 16 receiving "A's" - and one of two Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) institutions - to receive all "A's" in the five graded categories.

"We approached the search process actively seeking a broad pool of candidates and are very pleased with this evaluation of our approach," said WCU Director of Athletics, Chip Smith. "We appreciate the support of the BCA, as well as members of the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee in helping the Department of Athletics fulfill its commitment to diversity in our hiring processes."

The BCA annually publishes a review of FBS and FCS institutions that have hired football coaches in the past year. This year's report marked the fifth hiring report card issued by the organization, formerly known as the Black Coaches Association.