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Sad day in South Bend

If you believe in equal opportunity in sport, Tuesday might have been the saddest day in the history of American college football.

Updated: December 1, 2004, 5:10 PM ET
By Richard Lapchick | Page 2

If you believe in equal opportunity in sport, Tuesday might have been the saddest day in the history of American college football. I was in a state of disbelief when Dr. Fritz Polite, my colleague at the University of Central Florida, e-mailed me that Ty Willingham had been fired from the University of Notre Dame. I thought he was joking. Dr. Polite knows how closely I follow the situation of the dearth of African-American head coaches in Division I-A football.

I have been so involved that ...

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