New Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin is the first black head coach at a major football school in the state of Texas. The SEC, which the Aggies will join this fall, now has three black head coaches.
These are interesting factoids, but the more substantive — and better — news is that they are of secondary importance to this: Sumlin was the first African-American to be a certifiable "hot" coaching candidate.
If Sumlin hadn't had his heart set on A&M, he could have become the head coach at Arizona State. And he also could have become the head coach at UCLA. He didn't have to fight and claw to get his toe in the door at an AQ school. Big-time football programs sent a limo to pick him up and were waiting with their finest meats and cheeses when he arrived.
— Also, read Adam Rittenberg's story on how the Big Ten lacks coaching diversity.