September 07, 2006

Not on the schedule? RACIST!

The race canard has now entered the realm of Delaware football. Delaware State University Athletic Director Chuck Bell has stated that the University of Delaware's decision not to play DSU in football is ... a matter of racism, pure and simple:

"I'm convinced the basis is racism," said Bell, the first white athletic director in DSU history. "UD is a white school and DSU is a historically black school, and it's one of those things left over from the days of separate restrooms and separate seating areas."

On what basis does Bell make that statement? Good question. He offers no substantiation. It's basically a "gut feeling."

UD's athletic director, Edgar Johnson, refused to discuss Bell's charge, but he said that UD's non-conference football schedule is set through the 2009 season. When asked about playing DSU, he said "I'm sure it will happen someday." Bell responds by saying

"It's absolutely foreign to me that we don't play." (Bell has broached the subject with Johnson briefly and unsuccessfully.) "It doesn't make any sense financially, competitively and from a rivalry standpoint not to play.

"I've been an athletic administrator 37 years and I'm 61 years old and I've never seen anything like it."

But does that make it racism that's behind UD's lackadaisical attitude about playing DSU? It may well be. But what proof does Bell have to offer for his contention? None.

I agree with Bell that a rivalry between the two DE schools would only be a good thing, especially monetarily. And, you can't say that UD is "scared" to play their downstate rival since it's most likely the Blue Hens would kick the Hornets' butt in a game. But as I've said oft-times before, the "racism" charge is a modern day Scarlet Letter. Bell surely knows this, and he may actually be using it to embarass UD into acquiescing to his demands. It's an effective tactic, to be sure. After all, who wants to be called "racist," especially without proof?

Posted by Hube at September 7, 2006 04:42 PM | TrackBack

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When I first read this article, I giggled. Then I realized they were dead serious.

Posted by: Mike M. at September 7, 2006 05:28 PM

who cares about DSU, get Navy back on the schedule!

Posted by: steamboat willy at September 7, 2006 05:31 PM

UD should challenge DSU in ice hockey, or maybe lacrosse. Then when they decline, we can call them rascist for not having "white" sports. Come on, DSU just wants the extra revenue from a UD vs DSU game.

Posted by: G Rex at September 7, 2006 05:50 PM

3 of 11 games are non-conference

Westchester - an actual rivalry that is traditionaly first or second game of the season.(always a sell-out crowd)

Albany

Hofstra - homecoming

which means that only the Albany date is a possability for a DSU game.

Posted by: steamboat willy at September 7, 2006 05:53 PM

I doubt it's racism. More likely, it's the same thought process we see in college sports where bigger schools don't like to smaller schools lest they hurt their rankings. You have to win big or the poll voters think you're weaker. There's little upside and a lot of downside to playing a weaker college in sports.

I'd like to see them play someday. I think it would be a good thing, but I doubt it will happen any time soon.

Posted by: Paul Smith at September 8, 2006 01:01 PM

Bell is white and has been taking a raft of shit from faculty and alums for it.
This was his way of making peace.

Posted by: Nancy Willing at September 8, 2006 04:24 PM