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Monday, October 31, 2005

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Watch out for your job, Mr. Walters, you (unlike hyper-sensitive Pat Forde at the hyper-sensitive WWL) are talking sense about the Fisher DeBerry debacle, and with elaboration on the evidence SMQ used to advance the point last week:
at the risk of being racially insensitive, but with my only purpose being to better discern whether what DeBerry said was politically incorrect or simply incorrect, here is what I did:

1. Establish a specimen group

DeBerry was referring specifically to speed. What are the speed positions in football? Can we agree that these positions (omitting special teams) are the ones that place a premium on speed?

Wide Receiver/Flanker (2)
Cornerback (2)
Safety (2)

That is seven positions on the 22-man depth chart. Might I have added quarterback? Arguably. Some schools emphasize a running quarterback (i.e., Brad Smith at Missouri) while others prefer a pocket passer (Matt Leinart, USC), thus I chose to ignore that position.

2. Limit our study

I don't have any grad students working for me, so I limited the scope of my study to the teams currently in the AP Top 25. I used each team's starting roster for their season-opening game, owing to the fact that as a season wears on, starters may be injured. True, a starter may have been injured during summer camp and may only be returning now, but, as I said, I'm only one blogger with only so much time.

Anyway, if you were counting, that's seven positions times 25 teams, giving us 175 players. What did I conclude? Well, to paraphrase Haley Joel Osment: "I see black people."

Twelve of those 175, or 6.9 percent, as best as I could determine from looking at media guide headshots, are white. Salami, from The White Shadow, alone comprised a greater percentage of white athletes on the Carver High hoops team.

The 12 players I counted were:

Scott Ware, FS, USC
Jeff Samardzija, WR, Notre Dame
Tom Zbikowski, FS, Notre Dame
Kyler Hall, S, Florida State
Ethan Kilmer, WR, Penn State
Tre Smith, RB, Auburn
Will Herring, FS, Auburn
Mike Lorello, SS, West Virginia
Matt Grimmett, WR, Texas Christian
Josh Sherley, FS, Fresno State
Dusty Sprague, WR, Colorado
Evan Judge, WR, Colorado

There was not one white starting cornerback among the 50 positions available in this survey.

At Air Force, by the way, five of the seven starters at the speed positions are white, including the entire defensive secondary.

According to the '05 CIA World FactBook, the United States is 81.7 percent white and 12.9 percent African-American. Basically, white people outnumber black people in this nation almost 7 to 1. Whereas, in the speed positions among the current Top 25 teams in Division I-A, blacks outnumber whites almost 7 to 1.

Further, there is currently one white running back among the nation's leading 25 rushers. That would be Colorado State tailback Kyle Bell. One white tailback has led the nation in rushing in the past 30 seasons. That would be Nevada's Chance Kretschmer, whose 157.45 yards per game as a freshman in '01 was tops in the country. Kretschmer graduated last spring and was not chosen in the NFL Draft (although his 40 time -- 4.63 -- was faster than Maurice Clarett's) and is not on any NFL roster.
Walters called Mark May "a sharp wit," but apparently missed May's comments with anchor Rece Davis on the DeBerry Affair during last Thursday's VA Tech-BC game. May and Davis agreed the coach's comments were "obviously wrong," though DeBerry spoke with no malice. Davis' and May's prescription: He should apologize and undergo sensitivity training, and choose his words more carefully.

All this for saying something good - and obviously true - about people! SMQ remains baffled.
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