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Diversity report card reveals a lot of white males

ORLANDO, Fla. – A study of the gender and racial makeup of coaching and leadership positions among the Football Bowl Subdivision membership showed it largely remains male and white.

The report released Wednesday by the Institute for the Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida said that 100 percent of FBS conference commissioners, 76 percent of school president positions and 84 percent of all athletic director positions were held by white men at the beginning of the 2012-13 academic year.

It also showed a decline in the percentage of women in campus leadership positions with a slight increase in the representation of people of color, especially for Asians and Latinos.

Among the FBS’ 120 institutions, there were 18 minority head coaches to begin the season, down from an all-time high of 19 last year. That total included 14 African-Americans, two Asians and two Latinos.

ACC votes in Louisville; USA adds Middle Tennessee

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Wednesday its presidents and chancellors unanimously voted to add Louisville as the replacement for Maryland.

Louisville is the fourth school in 15 months and seventh in the past decade to leave the Big East for the ACC. Pittsburgh and Syracuse announced their move in September 2011 and will join the league next year, while Notre Dame said two months ago it eventually would join in all conference sports except football.

Middle Tennessee accepted an offer to join Conference USA and is leaving the Sun Belt, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday.

East Carolina and Tulane announced Tuesday they are leaving Conference USA to join the Big East. The Green Wave will be full Big East members; the Pirates in football only.

League officials announced in May that Conference USA was adding five new schools in 2013: Charlotte, Florida International, Louisiana Tech, North Texas and UT-San Antonio. Charlotte will begin participating in conference football in 2015. Old Dominion is joining C-USA in 2014.


Bonds, Clemens and Sosa: Would you vote for them?

NEW YORK – The most polarizing Hall of Fame debate since Pete Rose now will be decided by the baseball shrine’s voters: Do Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa belong in Cooperstown despite drug allegations that tainted their huge numbers?

In a monthlong election sure to become a referendum on the Steroids Era, the Hall ballot was released Wednesday, and Bonds, Clemens and Sosa are on it for the first time.

Bonds is the all-time home run champion with 762 and won a record seven MVP awards. Clemens took home a record seven Cy Young trophies and is ninth with 354 victories. Sosa ranks eighth on the homer chart with 609.


Owners and players’ union resume talks with mediation

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Day: 74.

Last Negotiations: Wednesday, with federal mediators in an undisclosed location.

Next Negotiations: Today at undisclosed location.

Games Lost: 423 (all games through Dec. 14).

Talks Resume: The NHL and the players’ association met separately with federal mediators before having discussions with each other Wednesday. No details of the discussions were released, but the sides made plans to meet again today.

Coyotes Sale: Glendale’s City Council approved a reworked arena lease deal with Greg Jamison, clearing the way for the former San Jose Sharks chief executive officer to buy the Phoenix Coyotes from the NHL. The council voted 4-2 in favor of a 20-year, $320-million arena management deal with Jamison, with a stipulation that he must complete his purchase of the team by Jan. 31, 2013. Jamison said he fully expects to have the deal done in time.

Associated Press