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BCA's Hiring Report Card awards A's to 21 schools

BCA's Hiring Report Card awards A's to 21 schools

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Black Coaches and Administrators have awarded `A' grades to 21 of the 39 Division I schools that conducted head football coaching searches in 2011-12, though the organization's executive director said Thursday he was alarmed that only six of them hired minorities.

The annual Hiring Report Card is not based on how many minority coaches are hired. Rather, schools are evaluated based on criteria pertaining to the hiring process. Historically black schools are not included in the study.

In 2010-11, 10 of the 28 head coaching jobs in the Bowl and Championship subdivisions were filled by people of color.

``While the numbers of hires of head coaches of color for Division I schools did not measure up to recent successes, I believe this report has been a shining example of the positive change on the landscape of intercollegiate sport in recent time as it pertains to diversity and inclusion efforts,'' executive director Floyd Keith said.

There were 18 head coaches of color in the FBS at the start of the 2012 season, down one from last year.

Of 12 coaching changes in the BCS automatic qualifying conferences the past year, Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin was the only coach of color to be hired. African-Americans Curtis Johnson (Tulane) and Garrick McGee (UAB) and Pacific Islander Norm Chow (Hawaii) were other coaches of color hired in the Bowl Subdivision.

African-Americans Turner Gill (Liberty) and Dino Babers (Eastern Illinois) were hired in the Championship Subdivision.

The basis for the grades:

- Number of direct telephone communications between the school and the BCA executive director or NCAA director of leadership development, with two calls required for an ``A.''

- Percentage of people of color on the search committee, with 30 percent required for an ``A.''

- Percentage of people of color who were interviewed on campus, with 30 percent or higher earning an ``A.''

- Duration of the search, with two weeks or longer required for an ``A.''

In addition to the 21 A's, there were seven B's, seven C's, one D and three F's.

FBS schools receiving A's: Akron, Arizona, Arizona State, Florida Atlantic, Fresno State, Hawaii, Houston, Illinois, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Tulane, UAB and UCLA. FCS schools receiving A's: Columbia, Eastern Illinois, Fordham, Houston Baptist, Massachusetts and Yale.

Texas A&M, even though it hired Sumlin, was the only FBS school to receive an F because it did not participate in the study. FCS schools Montana and South Dakota also received F's.

The study, released annually since 2004, was conducted in partnership with the Institute for the Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida.

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Donaldson's 9th-inning single lifts Braves over Nats 4-3 despite Robles' heroics

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Donaldson's 9th-inning single lifts Braves over Nats 4-3 despite Robles' heroics

Donaldson's 9th-inning single lifts Braves over Nats 4-3

ATLANTA -- Josh Donaldson's bases-loaded single off Fernando Rodney in the ninth inning lifted the Atlanta Braves over the Washington Nationals 4-3 on Friday night after Luke Jackson allowed a tying, two-run homer to Victor Robles in the top half.

Ronald Acuna Jr., who had three hits, led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk off Rodney (0-3) and took second on Dansby Swanson's single. Freddie Freeman walked on four pitches, loading the bases.

Nationals manager Dave Martinez brought in left fielder Juan Soto as a fifth infielder, including three on the left side against the right-handed hitting Donaldson.

Donaldson hit a 2-0 pitch over Robles to center-field warning track, and the Braves boosted their NL East lead to 6 games over the second-place Nationals. Atlanta had lost its previous five home games against Washington.

Robles' homer went 446 feet to left, giving Jackson his seventh blown save in 24 chances.

Julio Teheran gave up one hit through five scoreless innings and retired 14 consecutive hitters before pinch-hitter Gerardo Parra singled with one out in the sixth. Anthony Rendon chased Teheran with a two-out RBI single.

Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin couldn't win on his 30th birthday while paired with catcher Yan Gomes, who turned 32. Corbin and Gomes became only the second pitcher-catcher tandem to start together on their birthdays since 1900, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Chicago Cubs pitcher Dave Hillman and catcher Jim Fanning did it against Pittsburgh on Sept. 14, 1957.

Corbin allowed two runs and eight hits in five innings. He struck out Ozzie Albies with the bases loaded in the first and fanned Albies to end the fifth with two out.

Albies hit a two-out double in the fourth and scored on Austin Riley's double. Freeman was 2 for 20 in his career against Corbin before his RBI single in the fifth.

Acuna's RBI double against Tanner Rainey gave the Braves a 3-1 lead.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer, on the 10-day IL since July 10 with an injury originally announced as a mid-back strain, was given a cortisone shot on Tuesday to address inflammation in the bursa sac under his right shoulder blade. Scherzer still has some discomfort and must throw a bullpen session before cleared to pitch in a game. With Scherzer unavailable, RHP Austin Voth is expected to start in Sunday night's series finale.

Braves: RHP Patrick Weigel, who had Tommy John surgery in 2017, was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to make his major league debut Saturday. RHP Wes Parsons also was recalled from Gwinnett. RHPs Kyle Wright and Touki Toussaint were optioned to Gwinnett.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Anibal Sanchez (5-6, 3.71) is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts this season against the Braves, his former team.

Braves: Rookie RHP Mike Soroka (10-1, 2.24) will try to win his sixth straight decision on Saturday night. The 21-year-old right-hander became the youngest pitcher in franchise history to be selected an All-Star.

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A timeline of Tommy Sheppard's moves as interim Wizards GM

A timeline of Tommy Sheppard's moves as interim Wizards GM

The Wizards are naming Tommy Sheppard their permanent GM after he served in the role on an interim basis since April 2. 

Let's take a look back at the moves which earned Sheppard the long-term GM job:

April 2: The Wizards fire GM Ernie Grunfeld. Tommy Sheppard takes over the role on an interim basis. 

June 20: The Wizards select Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura with the No. 9 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Later in the evening, Washington acquires Jonathan Simmons and the draft rights to Tennessee forward Admiral Schofield from the Philadelphia 76ers. Simmons was placed on waivers on July 7.

July 5: The Wizards acquire Moritz Wagner, Isaac Bonga, and Jemerrio Jones, and a 2022 second-round draft pick as part of the deal which sent Anthony Davis to the Lakers. 

July 6: The Wizards trade Dwight Howard to the Grizzlies in exchange for C.J. Miles and acquire Davis Bertans from the Spurs in a three-team deal with Brooklyn and San Antonio, sending the draft rights of Aaron White to the Nets. 

July 7: The Wizards re-sign center Thomas Bryant on a three-year deal and trade guard Tomas Satoransky to the Bulls for a 2020 second-round pick.

July 9: The Wizards sign guard Ish Smith to a two-year deal.

July 10: The Wizards sign guard Isaiah Thomas to a one-year deal. 

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