How could it not be when you consider the dynamics of a sport where the vast majority of coaches in the main are white, most of the players are black, top coaches are paid millions and the players are not paid despite their work resulting in tens of millions of dollars to the departments sports.
In some States, the public employee is better paid is the head coach of the university, its players being practically helpless against the whims of the men who occupy positions iconic.
In February of this year, the Associated Press reported that out of the 130 programs of FBS, the highest level of university football (american), only 13 of those coaches-head black – exactly 10 per cent. Among the positions of coordinators, offensive and defensive, the springboards for the role of head coach, the numbers are similar. A single program, Rice University, was of the coordinators, offensive and defensive, which are black.
The first head coach of black division I football NCAA was hired in 1979 and the southeastern Conference, the conference is the most competitive football of the NCAA with a high percentage of black players, had not until 2004.
Coaches like Mike Gundy from Oklahoma State, who played quarterback for the Cowboys in the 1980s are as powerful and well connected as possible, with all the bravado to prove it.
All of this is that the rusher canadian Chuba Hubbard was actually on Monday, deciding to speak after having seen a picture of Gundy wearing a T-shirt adorned with the logo of the One America Network, a television station leaning to the extreme right where a host recently called Black Lives Matter is a criminal organization, a lot more remarkable and courageous.
It is not illegal to look at NAO, give it a positive review (as Gundy did in April), or wear a T-shirt with his logo displayed.
But if you are the head of a group of 18 to 22 years old, most of whom are Black, this would suggest a certain level of arrogance, deafness of tone and lack of responsibility to your players.
All of this collapsed Wednesday when Hubbard, the star of Cowboys on the run, has tweeted the following:
A series of tweets supporting Hubbard follow-up of current players and alumni of the OSU, including MVP defensive of last season, the linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga, the roommate of Hubbard and another in Alberta.
In a few hours, Hubbard has released a video of him and Gundy together, apologizing for the method he had used to call his coach but not his message. Gundy has acknowledged that he had not understood the sensitivity of the issue, but he stopped under the pretext of an apology until the publication of its own video Tuesday afternoon.
But any sense that Hubbard retreated to his message has been deleted by his tweet that followed his apology.
Hubbard left no doubt on the fact that it was much more than choice of wardrobe of the coach for a fishing trip. It was the treatment of black players at Oklahoma State under Gundy.
See Gundy in this shirt, during a period of increased awareness of racism in society, seems to be just the thing that pushed Hubbard to take a stand.
By all appearances, Hubbard, in spite of all he has accomplished in the Oklahoma State as the best rush in the NCAA last season, is an athlete that is humble, reverent to a fault and almost stereotypical canadian in its politeness.
This is not a player who has never tried to attract the attention on himself, which only reinforces the gravity of the problem he has identified. Entering what will certainly be his last year of college football, Hubbard is termed as someone with a lot more to lose than to gain by calling his head coach.
It seems to have been motivated only by the words he has expressed in a message Tuesday morning.
“I am emotionally exhausted and tired of seeing things happen without results or consequences … I’m a young Black man who wants change. I want a change that will bring a better experience to you, my brothers and sisters, blacks in the State of Oklahoma. It’s as simple as that. , ” he wrote.
The last few months have been full of moments without precedent in all walks of life.
But when a child Sherwood Park, Alberta, supported by his roommate and teammate calgarians, can use his words to move his head coach to apologize and publicly promise to “positive changes for the football of Oklahoma State” we live in a time truly unique.
What a great time it really is, we will not know for years. But in the present, it is difficult to overstate the importance of what happened this week.
Hubbard had already earned its place in the grandeur of college football thanks to what he did on the field last season. A lot of people who had never heard of him now know who he is by deciding to join the proud legacy of black athletes who have demonstrated the strength of their character by putting what is right and just before everything that happens in a game. .