On PTI Wednesday, Mike Wilbon complained about the naming of “coaches-in-waiting” at Texas, Florida State and Oregon, insinuating it is a form of racism because it denies black coaches the opportunity to interview for those positions, and thus increase the number of woefully underrepresented African-American head coaches in college football.
Wilbon is half-correct: the practice is in itself exclusionary and bypasses the normal hiring process, and could be termed racist. It could also logically be called sexist, as no women are considered, either. It’s also ageist, as both are young coaches, and not one single elder-coach was considered. While we’re at it, you could also consider it species-ist, since only humans were considered, and not similarly qualified elephants and ostriches.