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Dr. Fitz Hill to release book on football, race
Dr. Fitz Hill to release book on football, race

Dr. Fitz Hill to Release Profound Book

“CRACKBACK! How College Football Blindsides the Hopes of Black Coaches”


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - March 12, 2012 - Dr. Fitz Hill, president of Arkansas Baptist College (ABC) and a former University of Arkansas assistant football coach, has been a longtime passionate scholar when it comes to the challenges faced by African Americans in the college coaching profession. After years of research, he has now written the most comprehensive book ever on the subject. The book—CRACKBACK! How College Football Blindsides the Hopes of Black Coaches—launches today with a book signing and special educational seminar on the campus of Arkansas Baptist College, 1621 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, Little Rock. The book signing will be from 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. in the Campus Bistro and the educational seminar led by Dr. Hill will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium of Old Main.


Doug Williams, who as the Washington Redskins’ quarterback was named MVP of Super Bowl XXII, wrote the foreword for CRACKBACK! He now serves as head football coach at Grambling State University and will participate in the seminar.


Chuck Bell, the former San Jose State and Utah State Athletics Director, will also participate in the seminar. Bell hired Hill as San Jose State’s first African American head football coach. Bell is also a pioneer; he was chosen to lead the athletic department at Delaware State University from 2005-2007, making him the first white male athletic director of a historically black college or university.


Seeking a diverse perspective on race-related issues for African American football coaches, Hill chose to co-author his book with Mark Purdy, an award-winning sports columnist for the San Jose Mercury News.   Purdy frequently covered Hill when he was employed as San Jose State’s head football coach from 2001-2004. On multiple occasions, Purdy has been named to the annual Associated Press Sports Editors list of America’s Top 10 sports columnists and was also cited by the Wall Street Journal for writing one of the country’s Top 10 sports columns.


Hill has spent the past 24 years studying race-related issues for African American football coaches employed at predominantly white colleges and universities. His groundbreaking exploration of the issue, including his own doctoral dissertation, has been featured on such television shows as ABC’s “Nightline,” “HBO Real Sports” and numerous ESPN programs. As a nationally consulted expert, Hill was summoned to testify before a U.S. congressional committee about this topic while writing CRACKBACK!