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BLACK COACHES GROUP SEES PROGRESS IN HIRING

The Black Coaches Association still wants more minority hires in college football. But the group's new report card finds that most Division I schools are increasing their efforts to include minorities in the search process.

Seventeen of 28 Division I-A and I-AA schools received either an A or B in the report released Wednesday. Six schools were given a D or F. The group rated only those schools that had coaching vacancies after the 2003 season.

Only one I-A school actually hired a minority head coach -- Sylvester Croom became the Southeastern Conference's first black head coach when he took the job at Mississippi State.

The only I-A school to receive an F was Nevada-Reno, which rehired Chris Ault for his third stint with the school.

Kent State, of the Mid-American Conference, was the only I-A school to receive a D.

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