Midwestern State University, a Division I-A football power that had fallen on hard times, advertised

Midwestern State University, a Division I-A football power
that had fallen on hard times, advertised for a new head football coach. The ad
indicated that previous football coaching experience was required. Several
applicants applied, including Coach Ross, the head football coach at another
college, who was also a friend and former colleague of Midwestern’s athletic
director, Shoemaker. Ross, who had over 15 years of collegiate coaching
experience, including 8 years as a head coach, applied after being persuaded by
Shoemaker to do so. Ross and Shoemaker are both white. A search committee,
chaired by Shoemaker, reviewed numerous applications and invited two applicants
for on-campus interviews. One applicant was Ross. The other was an African
American, Coach Pegues, who had played college and professional football.
Pegues coached at a D-I institution for four years, where he served first as
running back and then as wide receiver coach. From there, Pegues moved to the
NFL, where he coached for seven years for two teams. He served as quarterback
coach for the first team for two years. For the past five years, Pegues has
served as offensive coordinator of a highly regarded NFL team. During the
on-campus interviews, Ross and Pegues met with various constituencies,
including football players, the search committee, a faculty committee, and
athletic department personnel. Both received favorable responses from the
groups with whom they met. However, the faculty, athletes, and athletic
personnel stated that they preferred Pegues. During the deliberations of the
search committee, Shoemaker stated, “Perhaps I shouldn’t say this, but I have
to be honest. I feel uneasy with Pegues. How do we know if he’ll be outspoken
like that Nolan Richardson? I’m also concerned with how the major donors to our
football program will react to him. We wouldn’t want to lose a major source of
financial support by hiring this guy. It wouldn’t be worth it.” After vigorous
debate, the search committee concluded that both candidates were qualified to
serve as head football coach. The committee understood, however, that it served
in an advisory capacity and the final decision rested with the athletic
director, Shoemaker. Shoemaker extended an offer to Ross, who declined.
Shoemaker decided not to extend an offer to Pegues. In explaining why he did
not, Shoemaker stated, “Pegues is 235 highly qualified, and I wish him well. I
simply don’t think he is a good fit for our program.” Pegues has come to your
office seeking advice on whether he should pursue an action for employment
discrimination on account of race. How would you advise him?

Don't use plagiarized sources. Get Your Custom Essay on
Midwestern State University, a Division I-A football power that had fallen on hard times, advertised
Just from $13/Page
Order Essay