NCF Nation: Francis Peay

3-point stance: Honoring Francis Peay

September, 25, 2013
1. The death of former Northwestern head coach Francis Peay at age 69 is a reminder that wins and losses shouldn’t be the sole judge of a coach’s impact. Peay went 13-51-2 in six seasons (1986-91) in Evanston. In his book, High Hopes, Gary Barnett wrote this about succeeding Peay: “What I did not take into account was that most of the kids, especially our 35 black kids, had come because of Francis Peay. They came to Northwestern because he was such a tremendous role model, and because he was a strong black man. And then all of a sudden, he’s yanked away from them.”

2. Georgia coach Mark Richt has signed three of the current starting quarterbacks in the SEC: Aaron Murray; LSU’s Zach Mettenberger, who will return home to Athens to play the Dawgs on Saturday, and Auburn’s Nick Marshall. The latter two started out at Georgia but Richt dismissed them for disciplinary reasons. “When they have to leave,” Richt said, “I just hope they can move forward and have great success….(I)t makes you feel good.” Some coaches bend their rules to win a game. Richt doesn’t. I bet he sleeps well at night.

3. Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley -- the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week after three sacks and a forced fumble against North Carolina State -- came out of August even with freshman Shaq Lawson for a starting spot. “If it is a tie, then tie goes to the veteran” Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said at his press conference this week. “…It was really a tie between him and Vic coming out of practice, to be honest. I told Vic that, too. You have to go and perform. This big boy is on your heels right here.” Looks like Beasley listened.

Posted by's Adam Rittenberg

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany has called league expansion a "back burner issue" more than once in recent weeks.

Well, here's one for the conference to put on the front burner. 

The hiring rate of minorities to head coach and coordinator positions remains well below what it should be in college football, and it's reflected in the Big Ten.

The league has one minority head coach -- Michigan's Rich Rodriguez is Hispanic  -- and only two minority coordinators in Michigan offensive coordinator Calvin Magee and Michigan State offensive coordinator Don Treadwell.

The league had six coordinator changes during the offseason, including the departure of Illinois offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, who became one of six black head coaches in the sport when he took over at New Mexico. But none of the vacancies was filled with a minority candidate.

The Big Ten has had only three black head coaches and only one, Michigan State's Bobby Williams, since 1991. Northwestern had consecutive black head coaches from 1981-91 in Dennis Green and Francis Peay.

Before Michigan hired Rodriguez, the Big Ten had only one other minority head coach in the last two decades -- Wisconsin's Barry Alvarez, one of the most successful coaches in recent league history.

"It's not more of a concern today than it was a year ago or two years ago, but it's a constant focus," Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said of minority coach hiring. "We want diversity on our campus from the president's office to the faculty, including the athletic department. And the only way you get that is through purposeful recruitment. It's not just who applies. It's who you're looking at and who you're developing through your ranks."

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