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Ohio University receives 'A' from Black Coaches Association for head football search

ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 14, 2005) -- Ohio University has received a grade of "A" from the Black Coaches Association (BCA) for how the university conducted its search for a head football coach last year. Frank Solich was named head coach Dec. 16, 2004.

Ohio University was one of only five schools nationally to earn an "A" and one of only two schools to receive a perfect score in the recently released "A Hiring Report Card for NCAA Division 1-A and 1-AA Football Head Coaching Positions in American Higher Education."

"It is an honor to be recognized by the Black Coaches Association. At Ohio University, we are doing more than discussing diversity; it is a commitment we put into action. We are appreciative of the BCA for recognizing the diligence that was shown in regards to our search to ensure we considered a broad and diverse pool of applicants," said Vice President for University Advancement Leonard Raley, who chaired the search committee. "This underscores the university's commitment to diversity and to taking the appropriate steps to conduct a thorough search that includes a wide array of candidates."

A total of 30 NCAA 1-A and 1-AA schools that conducted head football coaching searches in 2004-05 participated in the study.

Schools were judged on five criteria: communication, hiring/search committee, candidates interviewed, reasonable time and affirmative action.

This is the second year that the BCA has issued its report card and the organization used a more demanding process this year.

"As can be seen from the grades in the report card, schools received an 'A' without hiring a coach of color because they took their time in the selection process, had a diverse selection committee, interviewed a diverse pool of candidates, used the resources of the BCA and/or the NCAA's Minority Opportunities and Interest Committee, and followed university affirmative action policies," wrote Richard E. Lapchick, in the foreword of the report.

"As with last year, we are not as concerned with the outcome as we are with the openness of the process ... For the BCA, it's all about the openness of the process," Lapchick wrote.

A copy of the report is available for download at: www.bcasports.org/Assets/PDF/BCA_HRC_Year_2_Final_Document.pdf.

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