There are several reports that Buffalo coach Turner Gill did not get the recently filled job as Auburn football coach because he has a white wife. Gill is one of just four African-American coaches in the Division 1 subdivision of college football. Thus far, Gill has been by far the most successful of the quartet.
Just a couple of seasons ago, the University of Buffalo was literally the worst team in college football. This season Gill led the Bulls to a win in the MAC Championship Game. Under Gill, Buffalo featured one of the nation’s top offenses. Gill also had a solid resume as an assistant coach both in college and the NFL. He was one of Nebraska’s winningest quarterbacks, during his playing career, and a Heisman Trophy finalist.
All of these qualities would seem to make Gill infinitely more qualified than Gene Chizik, the man Auburn eventually hired. Except in Alabama.
Mark Schlabach went on the ESPN show Outside the Lines yesterday and said to Bob Ley that two SEC coaches had told him point blank that Gill would never get the Auburn job because he has a white wife. Schlabach is a college football writer with ESPN.com.
Monday, the school’s most famous alum and possible-future-Alabama-governor, former NBA star Charles Barkley, said Turner Gill didn’t get the Auburn job SOLELY AND ONLY because he is black. Chizik was WINLESS in the Big 12 at Iowa State this season. His career record as a head coach is 5-19. Chizik has lost his last 10 straight games as a college football coach.
But, hey, at least he’s white. And in Alabama apparently that counts for something.