Random Thoughts on Black Males, Coaches, and Athletics

Published March 19, 2012 by Leonard Moore

Just my random thoughts on a Monday morning after watching a weekend of March Madness:

 

1. Do one-and-done players attend class in the spring semester? If they are headed to the NBA then why waste time going to class. Maybe they are encouraged to go to class because of the APR ramifications. I don't know. 

2. Why do coaches get academic bonuses for graduation rates? Why are we giving them a bonus to do something they should be doing anyway? Or are we admitting that we don't expect...


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Coaches, Black Males, and Academics

Published January 4, 2012 by Leonard Moore

 



Ten Ways Coaches Can Raise GPA's of Black Males

1. Devote 25% of the recruiting weekend to academic related activities.

2. Launch a summer bridge program for black male athletes entering your program.

3. Two-hour per day (Sunday-Thursday) mandatory study time at the academic center for those with a GPA under 3.0.

4. Have weekly academic meetings with your entire staff. Go over every athlete, every class.

5. Hold assistant coaches accountable for academic performance of their guys.
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Hip-Hop Culture and the Black Male Student-Athlete

Published January 10, 2012 by You+Dallas

Ten Ways Hip-Hop Culture effects Black Male Athletes

1. It teaches black men to embrace anti-intellectualism.

2. It gives black males four career options: athlete, entertainer, criminal, and "nigga"

3. It teaches black men that college is just a path to the League, and not a path to a career.

4. It provides horrible role models for black men such as Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, and others.

5. It encourages thuggis behavior even in country-club university environments.

6. It promotes rebellion to authority....


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Football is the Hardest Class on Campus

Published December 20, 2012 by You+Dallas

 

Yes, at major college campuses and at big-time high schools football is the hardest class on campus. Here are five reasons why:

1. It takes the most preparation. Most football programs start practicing in January and February for the upcoming season that doesn't even start until September! 

2. The terminology is harder the most advanced science class at any university. 

3. Players must know not only what their assignment is on a play but they also must know everyone else's assignment...


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Coaches Session II--The Things That Have Shaped Me

Published November 11, 2011 by Leonard Moore

Football and basketball coaches across the country at all levels put in countless hours watching film, running practices, supervising strength and conditioning workouts, and scouting their opponents, all in an effort to give their team a competitive advantage. However, at some point coaches reach a level of diminishing returns. Meaning that after a certain point there is generally not a correlation between preparation time and performance.

Coaches often spend so much time game-planning that they...


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Dr. Leonard Moore at DISD: Session 2

Published November 8, 2011 by You+Dallas


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Session One: The Urban85 Program Designed for Black Male Student Athletes

Published October 30, 2011 by Leonard Moore

Earlier this year Urban85 conducted a workshop with Athletic Director, Jeff Johnson, and the athletic directors and head coaches with Dallas Independent School District.  Urban85 has committed to incorporate its program at the High School level in order to increase the number of student athletes, particularly black male student athletes, who are prepared to attend college. 

Some of the country's best players and coaches are in Dallas ISD High Schools and we could not pass up an opportunity...


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Black Male Athletes and their Fathers

Published October 26, 2011 by Leonard Moore

Within the past two weeks or so we've seen several more cases of off-the-field problems involving black male athletes. Most recently, LSU had two starters suspended for allegedly failing a drug test.

When these problems hit the news I immediately work my contacts and ask "does this guy have a father in his life." Often, the answer comes back "No." One of the common themes of young men who have off-the-field problems is that they grew up fatherless.

When boys don't have a Dad around they often...


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Dr. Leonard Moore at DISD: Session 1

Published October 20, 2012 by Leonard Moore


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The 6 Types of Black Male Athletes

Published October 14, 2011 by Leonard Moore

6 Types of Black Male Athletes

When engaging the Black Male athlete we can no longer use the one-size-fits-all approach. While many black males have similar experiences, I have come to the realization that there are six distinct black male athlete personality types. Use this guide to help you as you help these boys become men.

The Myron Rolle’s: Just gets it. Understands the value of education. Will be an academic all-American as well as first-team all American on the field. A leader.

The...


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Black Male Student-Athletes and their Issues

Published October 4, 2011 by Leonard Moore

Why this Blog?

In countless conversations with athletic directors, coaches, academic staff, and support staff, the subject of the Black Male Student-Athlete (BMSA) is inveitably raised. No one can deny the fact that some of our Black Male Student-Athletes bring unique challenges to campus. We can no longer ignore the issue. We must be proactive in meeting these challenges by creating effective support structures that allow them to succeed both on and off the field.

Are we talking about all...


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Black Male Student Athletes Face Overwhelming Pressure to get to “The League”

Published September 22, 2011 by Leonard Moore

Many Black Male Student Athletes enter college with one goal: to get to the NFL or the NBA. While this may indeed be their goal many of them have also had this expectation placed upon them by well-meaning family, friends, and the media. The expectations to go pro are so overwhelming that for some anything short of a career in the NFL or the NBA means that they have failed. “What if you get a degree and start a career, is that still failure,” I asked one brotha. “Doc, I...


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Introduction to Urban85

Published September 18, 2011 by Jeff Hinson

Who we are

Urban85 is a group of social architects that partner with educational institutions to meet the needs of black males, with a particular focus on Black Male Student-Athletes (BMSA). Dr. Leonard Moore created the vision of Urban85 from his work with BMSA’s while a graduate student at Ohio State from 1994-1998, and then as a professor at LSU from 1998-2007. Dr. Moore has been at the The University of Texas at Austin since 2007, where he has mentored Black athletes from...


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