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Redemption Accomplished and Applied
Redemption Accomplished and Applied
by John Murray

Thursday, December 20, 2001
Notre Dame is looking for a head football coach with, among other things, head coaching experience and a record of success. Jesse Jackson says that leaves too many black candidates out. "We must remove this idea that we set criteria that eliminate people from possibilities,'' Jackson said.

This is nonsense on a variety of levels. First of all, criteria, by definition, eliminate people from possibilities. And since everyone can't be head coach at once, eliminating candidates is unavoidable. Secondly, being head coach at Notre Dame would be the pinnacle of most coaches' careers. It's silly to think that Notre Dame should hire a coach who is inexperienced and/or a loser. Last but not least, it is downright racist to suggest that blacks can only be hired if there are no criteria. Perhaps Jackson should be pressuring schools with less prestigious programs to hire black coaches so that the next time Notre Dame is looking for a head coach there will be more than one black candidate with experience and a winning record. Or perhaps the Revrund has a business associate who wants to try coaching?

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