Rittenberg: Big Ten lacks coaching diversity


The Big Ten once looked like the pacesetter for minority coach hiring in college football.

The first two African-Americans to coach in a major FBS conference worked in the Big Ten, as Northwestern appointed Dennis Green in 1981 and replaced him with Francis Peay in 1986.

While the rest of college football largely shied away from minority candidates, Wisconsin hired a Hispanic coach, Barry Alvarez, in 1990. Nine years later, Michigan State became the Big Ten's first public institution to appoint an African-American coach, as it promoted assistant Bobby Williams to the top job.

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