If colleges had a shred of concern for their Black athletes, we would see far more Black head coaches.

The lethal coup attempt last week reminded us of America’s enduring and racist double standards. White supremacist Trump supporters assaulted the Capitol Police, injuring scores of them and killing one. The footage captures police restraint that starkly contrasts the traumatic images of Black people being subjected to brutal and excessive force at the hands of police.

Predictably, there were calls for college coaches to speak out and denounce the event. These coaches are in unique and prominent positions with tons of…


In America, we pride ourselves on being a “melting pot.” There are few thoughts more appetizing than a hearty stew prepared over an open flame. A metal pot blackened and scarred by flames relentlessly lapping against its cast-iron skin while it holds together and maintains the integrity of the stew’s contents. Yet, in our metaphor we have focused too long on the ingredients melding together, and forsaken attending to the pot.

Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, Toni Morrison expounded on the ugly truth about the idea of America as a melting pot in the splendid documentary about her…


I have this as a memory. It’s the early 2000’s and my 6’10, fresh out of college self is posted up in a dilapidated motel in southern Mexico. I am adjusting to this temporary home where after basketball practice I manage to fold my rangy frame into a shower stall built for persons half my height. In this hotel there is only cold water. Frigid H2O that supports my hygienic needs, and serves as a figurative wake-up call. …


Written by Solomon Hughes and Welch Suggs.

California governor Gavin Newsom has just signed SB206, allowing college athletes to market their names, images and likenesses. The bill is already disrupting college sports. This is welcome news, but it is not nearly enough.

For generations, going back even before the first college football game 150 years ago, America’s unique approach to promoting big-time sports in college has segregated athletes from the student body, walling them off from some educational experiences while demanding that they give up basic rights to support the machine.

An entire industry has been built on televising the…


National signing day, one of college football’s most exciting events, is rapidly approaching. Tomorrow many of the nation’s most talented high school football players will announce where they plan to play collegiate football and pursue their undergraduate studies.

Many of these young men will hold press conferences in their high school gyms to announce their choice and sign contracts affirming their commitments. Other recruits will opt instead to release professionally produced videos to reveal their college choice. The day will culminate with college administrators, coaches and fans gathering to celebrate the harvest of athletic talent they have reaped. …


While most fans cheered march Madness’ buzzer beaters and unlikely victories, former Cal basketball player Solomon Hughes remains disturbed by a more troublesome reality fueling big time college sports.

As a former college basketball player, it’s become increasingly difficult to watch March Madness. Years ago I played in the tournament and remember well the rhetoric and energy surrounding the experience: We were chasing immortality, an opportunity to cement our legacies as basketball players. …

Solomon Hughes, Ph.D.

Higher education scholar. Member of the Screen Actors Guild. Former professional & college basketball player.

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