Difficult road for black coaches

It’s 8:15 on a Thursday night in mid-December, and Frank Wilson’s cell phone is buzzing.
Wilson, the Southern Mississippi running backs coach, is in his native New Orleans with the Golden Eagles, who will take on Troy in 72 hours. But tonight Wilson’s priority is to see his daughter play a youth basketball game. As his cell phone keeps buzzing, he glances down at it as he sits at a red light. “Dan Mullen,” it reads as the BlackBerry screen glows.

Mullen was just named the new head coach at Mississippi State, and he has been in contact with Wilson in hopes of getting the former Ole Miss assistant to agree to be his recruiting coordinator and running backs coach.