Top college coaches form group to address minority hires

A group of prominent black coaches headlined by Tubby Smith and Shaka Smart are forming an organization to address the dwindling numbers of minority head coaches in college basketball.

The National Association for Coaching Equity and Development is in response to the dissolution of the Black Coaches Association. The group has more than 40 members on board, including Georgetown’s John Thompson III, Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton and former Georgia Tech and George Mason coach Paul Hewitt.

Ten years after minority coaches held more than 25 percent of the jobs across the country, the percentage dropped to 22 percent last year. And another 12 minority coaches have been fired this season.

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AP Sports Writer Michael Marot in Indianapolis contributed to this report.