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Race an issue, but networking is still the key

The NFL's hiring process may seem like a black-and-white issue when in reality there's a lot more gray to it, Michael Smith writes.

Updated: February 10, 2006, 5:35 PM ET
By Michael Smith | ESPN.com

At least it won't be a shutout.

But it is a blowout.

Herman Edwards' being "traded" from New York to Kansas City was the lone score for the cause. There were nine other NFL head coaching vacancies this offseason. Eight have been filled (the Oakland job is still open) with seven first-time coaches and one so-called "retread." Of the eight hires, none was a minority.

And so the NFL's diversity record remains six African-American coaches out of 32. A disappointing ...

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