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Study: Black-coached NCAA football teams penalized more than those led by whites

A recent by a trio of sociologists reportedly shows that teams with black head coaches are penalized more often than teams with white coaches.

The study, published in March in but released on May 1, states “ are more heavily penalized than white coaches in terms of both per game as well as penalty yardage.”

This held true “even adjusting for the quality of the players, coaches, and schools studied,” BuzzFeed News reports. The study looked at every Division 1 college football game between 2014 and 2019.

Lead researcher of noted football is “a game of inches” where results “can turn on the smallest setback.”

“Penalties, no matter how many yards they are worth, can disrupt the momentum of a team, kill scoring drives, cost important yardage and downs on defense, and cost teams precious opportunities

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