NCF Nation: Steve Brown

Eastern Michigan suspends five

October, 28, 2010
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Five Eastern Michigan players have been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules, coach Ron English said Thursday in a statement.

The five players are: starting linebackers Steve Brown and Tim Fort, starting receiver Tyrone Burke, backup running back Dwayne Priest and reserve defensive back Latarrius Thomas.

Fort leads the team with 68 tackles and three forced fumbles, while Brown has 21, plus a sack and a fumble recovery. Priest is second on the team in rushing with 378 yards and leads the team with five rushing touchdowns. Burke is third on the team with 137 yards receiving.

Eastern Michigan (1-7) hosts Toledo on Saturday.

Posted by ESPN.com'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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