Lapchick said he continues the advocate for an “Eddie Robinson Rule,” patterned after the NFL’s Rooney Rule, which would mandate at least one minority candidate be interviewed for all open coaching and key administration positions.
The study did show a slight increase in the percentage of women of color in key leadership jobs. The largest is at athletic director, which is increased from 12.5 percent in 2012 to 15.2 percent.
However, Lapchick said there isn’t a true feeder system at most schools to put more women and racial minorities in a position to attain a top leadership role.
He said key feeder jobs to be targeted include senior woman administrator, faculty athletic representative and associate athletic director. Currently all three positions are more than 90 percent white.
“I think that it goes back to same question, there’s no sanctions for them not to do it, so they continue to do business the way they’ve always done it,” Lapchick said. “I think it’s more of the ‘old boys’ network’ than it is a racial thing…So the pipeline isn’t full with potential candidates. I think colleges have to be more creative with how they look for key jobs like these and make sure they have a diverse pool of candidates.”