Tony Hill Pushes for Expanded Minority Hiring in College Athletics
Several Democratic lawmakers are pushing new legislation that would require Florida colleges and universities to interview qualified minority applicants when hiring athletic coaches and athletic directors.
House Bill 1093 is modeled after the National Football League's 'Rooney Rule,' which requires pro teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching and senior football positions. While there is currently no national rule on the issue for colleges and universities, the state of Oregon adopted a law based on the 'Rooney Rule' last year.
“We're just trying to push the envelope a little further,” said Sen. Tony Hill, D-Jacksonville, who is the senate sponsor of the legislation.
There is a provision in the bill that addresses any potential problems with finding a qualified minority applicant, according to backers. They say that a clause exists that says if a university or college makes a good faith effort and cannot identify a qualified minority applicant, then the institution will not be penalized.