Forty-one years ago, President Richard Nixon attended “The Game of the Century” between No.2 Texas and No.1 Arkansas. The Longhorns would win the game 15-14. From today's standpoint, the most noteworthy aspect of this titanic matchup is that both teams featured all-White teams.
Richard Nixon congratulates the Texas Longhorns, 1969
Flash forward to this past weekend––No. 1 Louisiana State University and No.2 Alabama met in the latest version of “The Game of the Century” in Tuscaloosa. This time around, the POTUS was not in attendance, and the game itself proved to be a less-than-thrilling 9-6 virtual stalemate. But much like that game in 1969, the overwhelmingly majority of the some 90,000 in attendance at Bryant-Denny Stadium were White. But quite unlike Texas vs. Arkansas 41 years ago, which has been dubbed “Dixie’s Last Stand,” the vast majority of the players on the field were African-American. And most of Black players wearing the Crimson and White for 'Bama, and Gold and Purple for LSU, have absolutely no business attending an institution of higher learning. But this seem to be of little concern to the White alumni boosters of both schools. Indeed, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) has made a science out of lowering standards for Black athletes, with many schools relying on “special admission status” for athletes with poor ACT/SAT and grade point averages.
The SEC had some legendary programs in the Bad Old Days of White football, but it has flourished in the Integration era. In the past 20 years, just under 50 percent of the NCAA Division I National Champions have been SEC schools. More recently, Florida, LSU, Alabama, and Auburn have accounted for five of the past five BCS titles.
The South has some of the most segregated cities and counties in America, and yet, White alumni and fans of the 12 SEC schools are widely recognized as the most loyal, passionate, and intense followers of majority-Black college football. It is no exaggeration to say that these Southerns base their identity on their favorite team and what transpires on Saturdays in the fall. Living vicariously through the exploits of 18-to-22 year-old Blacks, whom they cautiously avoid in every other situation in their lives, these White superfans take offence at the mildest criticism of “their” team. Football is the Opiate of America (or at least the Opiate of this America).
The Adoration of Cam Newton, 2010
Outside of sports achievements, the Black community is hard pressed to come up with positive news stories for the media to cover. Indeed, the Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, and LSU football teams have defined by crime. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette found that the most frequent type of coverage Black people involve two subjects––crime and sports:
The Meyer content analysis found that during three months last year, the largest block of news stories involving black men and youth were about crime—86 percent of the news broadcasts and 37 percent of the newspaper stories.The Pew report found that the most frequent topics for news broadcasts involving African-American men were sports (43 percent) and crime (30 percent). In the newspapers, crime led all topics involving black men at 43 percent.
Once crime stories were excluded, the content analysis found there were few other stories about black males.
So why do college football coaches in the SEC recruit predominately Black classes? (Florida, for instance, had an all-Black recruiting class in 2010.)
For one, just as Black quarterbacks were once discriminated against because of their perceived lack of intelligence, White running backs, receivers, and safeties (and linebackers) at the high school level are perceived to lack the skills and athletic “measurables” (40-yard-dash time being the most prominent) necessary to compete at the collegiate level. One of the top evaluators of high school talent, Tom Lemming, has stated in numerous interviews that White high school athletes are routinely passed over by college recruiters, who believe White players lack the abilities on the field to keep up with more athletic Blacks. The NFL’s leading receiver, Wes Welker, had only one scholarship offer after posting insane statistics in high school, most likely due to the stereotyping of him as a flat-footed White guy.
The Chicago Sun Times bravely reported on this phenomenon:
This is a subject that college football coaches don't talk about in public. And the media doesn't editorialize about it on radio, television or in print. It is too delicate. It has the trappings of racism. It's a "no win" issue, a controversy that people talk about when they don't think anyone else is listening.
It's all about white players who aren't recruited to play wide receiver, running back or cornerback in college. No matter how good they are in high school, no matter how productive, no matter how fast or how big they are, they are rarely if ever recruited by big-time college programs.
"College recruiters talk off the record to me," said recruiting analyst Tom Lemming. "They talk off the record that if an athlete is white, no matter how great his production, they won't recruit him."
Why? According to Lemming, college recruiters don't think whites have enough burst, a quick-twitch burst that black athletes have at those skill positions, particularly at running back and cornerback.
"When I started to evaluate players in the late 1970s, there were whispers that blacks couldn't play quarterback. No one talked about it publicly at the time, of course. It was an example of reverse prejudice. But now college coaches and pro scouts have changed their minds about that issue," Lemming said.
"But now white kids want to play other positions where they will be recruited because they know then won't get a fair shot at cornerback or running back."
On his annual coast-to-coast trips to evaluate the top 1,500 prospects in the country, Lemming sees hundreds of white tailbacks who are very productive but few get a chance in college. For example, there isn't a white tailback in the Big 10 this season.
It is this simple: Sports fans and coaches have been conditioned to believe that, like Sports Illustrated wrote in the early 1970s, “Black is best.” Relying solely on metrics such as the 40-yard dash, predominately White sports fans believe that only a team with “speed” (a euphemism for Black athletes) can compete nationally. Hence former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden 's laughter at questions regarding the lack of White players at his school. There is also a strange kind of racism involved when Southern fans to mindlessly chant “S-E-C, S-E-C” after victories over non-conference opponents.
(It's worth remembering that some of best SEC teams of all-time were were all-White; andthey also featured athletes, who played both offence and defence. But that’s another story...)
“Speed” is what those who get paid to discuss college football at ESPN, Yahoo! Sports, Sports Illustrated, and Rivals.com claim separates the SEC from the other conferences.
And those who operate in the whiter realms of college football believe it as well. Former Air Force head coach Fischer Deberry got in trouble for stating that his teams were, in essence, “too white” and lacking in “speed.” This is a strange statement coming from a man who led the most successful service academy in the nation and regularly featured teams with 70-80 percent White starter.
Collegiate sports––especially college football––offer a veritable buffet in researching HBD, and for noticing trends based on empirical evidence that few dare address. (The best site to understand the anti-White discrimination that white high school and college football players face is castefootball.us.)
Even some mainstream sources have tip-toed around the race issue, including the Wall Street Journal, which noted that the SEC's “speed” was predicated on lowered academic standards.
The historical knock on SEC schools among rivals is that their success is predicated on a willingness to stockpile great players by violating NCAA rules on recruiting and athlete benefits. While some of the sanctions have been minor, every SEC school but Vanderbilt has been on probation in the last 25 years.
Another charge is that lower academic standards give SEC teams an advantage in recruiting. Just three SEC schools––Vanderbilt, Florida and Georgia––were cited among the top 80 universities in U.S. News & World Report's 2009 college rankings, while all 11 members of the Big Ten were in the top 80. Last year, in a statement on that conference's Web site, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany wrote: "I love speed and the SEC has great speed...but there are appropriate balances when mixing academics and athletics." Mr. Delany declined to comment for this story.
Jim Delany’s tacit admission of HBD as the primary reason for the SEC’s dominance over the past five years is a major “no no” in the world of sports. The Big Ten, in fact, boasts an advisory panel to monitor the feelings of Black athletes at the 12-member Big Ten schools.
Back in 2007, resident Yahoo! Sports Commissar Dan Wetzel took Delany to task for his apparently “racist” statement:
In a statement more loaded than Florida's recruiting class, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany this week claimed that when it comes to procuring football players his league is more ethical and academically minded than the Southeastern Conference.
Here's what it sounded like he was saying: His league won't compromise its supposed high academic standards to sign a bunch of fast, dumb guys, especially at a position that in the SEC is overwhelmingly played by blacks.
That, apparently, is one reason the SEC signed seven of the top 10 classes nationally according to Rivals.com; the Big Ten got none and Delany lost his mind.
Black athletes around the country are clustered into easy majors to maintain eligibility...South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier stated that he would resign if academic standards weren’t lowered to allow more Blacks into his school...Black players have access to million-dollar academic centers (a luxury not afforded to the general student body) and yet still consistently underperform––and yet the public dogma remains that there are no differences in average intelligence between the races.
But what’s so bizarre with equating “speed” with low academic performance?
Former Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh basically did this when he discussed the difference between his predominately White––and highly skilled––Stanford football team and that of his alma mater’s (Michigan), which has engaged in increasingly lax standards.
There actually is a way to test whether Delany's statement holds water, to quantify whether or not there is a correlation to low academic standards and “speed.” The comes courtesy of the most prominent leftist in contemporary sports, Richard Lapchick.
Each year, The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at Central Florida (of which Lapchick is Director) puts out the graduation rates for Bowl Bound football teams. His staff even goes to the great lengths to break it down for White and Black players.
Since going to a Bowl game in college football is a sign of success, I decided to break the information down for White and Black graduation rates at the SEC and Big Ten schools to test Delany’s theory. (In Lapchick’s mind, the data demonstrates that colleges aren’t doing enough to properly educate Black players).
A total of six years (between the 2005-2006 and the 2010-2011 seasons) are the sample size for this experiment, which neatly corresponds with the recent SEC dominance of the sport. White players at the SEC schools averaged a graduation rate of 79.3 over the years in question, with the Big Ten White counterparts averaging a 77.01. Vanderbilt, Auburn, and Ole Miss had the highest graduation rates for White players in the SEC; Northwestern, Illinois, and Michigan, in the Big Ten.
The SEC graduated 52.9 percent of its Black “student athletes”; the Big Ten, 58.58 percent.
Revealingly, the teams that won national titles over this time span in the SEC all had horrendous Black graduation rates. Most notable was Auburn 2010 National Championship squad: 100 percent of its White players graduated, but only 49 percent Black ones. Arkansas and University of Georgia––where more than 90 percent of the team was granted “special-admission status”–posted the worst rates, without attaining a national title.
Both Vanderbilt and Northwestern have the highest White and Black graduation rates of SEC and Big Ten schools, and both schools' academic reputations greatly outshine their athletic ones.
One of the primary reasons that Delany guards the reputation of the Big Ten member schools is because each is a part of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization of 59 universities in the U.S. that are considered the leading research schools devoted to maintaining a strong system of academic research and education.
Only Florida and Vanderbilt are members of the AAU in the SEC.
So yes, Delany is absolutely correct—but also wrong: lower academic standards for Black players plague the SEC, but also weigh down the graduation rates of the Big Ten schools.
So this past weekend’s “Game of the Century” featured two teams that, if the game was played 40 years ago, would more resemble the starting lineups for Grambling and Alabama State then LSU and Alabama.
But this is 2011. Though the White alumni of Alabama have fled the failed majority Black cities of Mobile, Birmingham, and Montgomery––and though the White alumni of LSU have fled the failed majority Black cities of Shreveport, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge––they have no problem cheering on teams that more accurately depict the general population of the state penitentiary then the state’s flagship schools.
Delany is completely right in suggesting that the SEC’s lowered admission standards (compared to the Big Ten’s) allow more “speed” to fill the rosters of LSU, Florida, 'Bama, and Auburn. But based on the graduation rates for the Black players at Big Ten schools, lower average intelligence for Black athletes peculiar to the South.
Sadly, both the Big Ten and SEC will sacrifice academic standards in the pursuit of victories. And hundreds of talented White high-school athletes never get a look from college scouts because they have been conditioned to believe only Black players possess the requisite “speed” to excel in major college football. It is even more depressing to quantify the number of students who are attacked and demoralized––a young women, raped––by the low-IQ Africans brought to their campuses by recruiters and football-crazed Alumni. Indeed, in encapsulating the lies, deceptions, and misdeeds of contemporary American society, LSU vs. Alabama can rightly be called the “Game of the 21st Century.”
Images from the Bad Old Days: Whitman College Football Team, 1909