CBC Chair Joins Fellow Lawmakers to Request Update on NCAA Diversity Efforts

Members of Congress CBC Chair Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Frederica Wilson (D-FL), Maxine Waters (D-CA), and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) want an update from NCAA President Mark Emmert on the progress of a 2016 "pledge" to diversify the college coaching and administrative hiring pools. Last year, the NCAA asked college presidents to sign a pledge to address diversity challenges in college athletics. To date, per the NCAA's website, hundreds of Division I presidents, along with all the commissioners of the Power 5 conferences (the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, PAC 12, and the SEC), have signed the pledge. "We respectfully request that you provide us with an update about participation in the pledge and inform us about what further actions the NCAA is considering to improve diversity among coaches and athletic departments at its member institutions. We hope to see clear evidence that the NCAA's pledge is translating quickly to more diverse and inclusive athletic departments," said the letter. We’ll keep you posted on the answer. More here.

Tiffany D. Cross