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Friday, October 19, 2007

Former UL-Lafayette Football Coach Wins Suit Over Firing

Jerry Baldwin, who served as the Negro Head Football coach at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette from 1999-2001, was victorious in his law suit which asserted that he was fired over his race. Not his won-loss record.

Baldwin amassed a fairly dismal 6-27 record, and school attorneys say attendance was very low at home games.

Certainly, the won-loss record played a role, no one could argue that. But, the jury found that it wasn't the sole reason for his dismissal.

Jurors found that Jerry Baldwin's race wasn't the only reason he lost the job, but was among the reasons. University officials broke his contract and inflicted emotional distress through negligence, according to the jury of six whites and six blacks.

Apparently, there was unequal support shown to Baldwin's program when compared to white coaches that preceded and followed him.

In closing arguments for the eight-day trial, Bernard said white coaches before and after Baldwin got new equipment and had a greater ability to market the football program via a coach's television show and through the university's marketing department. Baldwin worked with used equipment, the marketing director was fired his second year on the job, and he never had a coach's show to promote the football program, Bernard said.

The jury ruled in favor of compensatory damages.

Jurors voted 10-2 to award Baldwin $500,000 for general damages, including emotional distress; $600,000 for past lost wages; $900,000 for future lost wages, and $2,676 for special damages.

The university offered a feeble defense.

The same administration officials now accused of racial discrimination are the same people who gave Baldwin the job as the first black head coach at a major Louisiana university, Oats argued.

Well, that's just wonderful. And, eerily similar to the types of things we heard seeping out of South Bend after running Ty Willingham out of town, 'we gave the Negro a chance...we didn't support him once he lost a few games...but we gave him a chance..."

The university's lawyers were also dismayed with other elements of the plaintiff's case.

He also said there are no signs that Baldwin's ability to get another job in coaching has been hampered by the firing, and Baldwin's attorneys did not present any evidence that he suffered extreme emotional distress.

It's a shame. Clearly, the neither the university nor their counsel are able to relate to the trials and tribulations their unsupportive environment caused their Negro coach.

Mr. Baldwin is no longer in coaching. That is evidence enough that his prospects for further employment have been hampered. And, Mr. Baldwin is now a minister at New Living Word Ministries, a clear demonstration of his quest to find peace and salvation after the emotional and mental torture he endured at the hands of the administration of UL-L.

Certainly, Ty Willingham is taking notes.

12 comments:

ZEKE said...

so, the guy doesn't have the ability to win or market his program...and he isn't to blame?

Gern said...

If they're so racist, why did they hire him in the first place? You guys want your cake and to eat it too. Can't blame you really, but come on!

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"If they're so racist, why did they hire him in the first place? "

Sir, are you part of the administration at ND???

I'll take chocolate cake.

Vanilla has no flavor.

MCBias said...

Of course, black people should only hold the cake while white people eat it. How could I forget? Thanks for clearing that up, gern.

Burnsy said...

They can have my white coach, George O'Leary, sir. UCF needs someone to teach the white players the Soulja Boy dance at halftime.

Nathan said...

"...a fairly dismal 6-27 record"

Perfect example of how biased this blog is, and how every possible negro shortcoming is mitigated, made excuses for, and absolved of any negro fault. Why must everything be brown sugarcoated? You are a talented writer but IMO that really hurts your credibility on other issues.

How is 6-27 fairly dismal? That is an unequivocally horrendous record.

Perhaps in your own misguided fantasy world a white coach leads a team to that same record and won't get fired just because he happens to be white.

Marty Schottenheimer got canned after coaching a team to a 14-2 record. He must not have been white enough... his mind must be "tortured" right now much like Mr. 6-27 Baldwin.

For crying out loud be a little more objective. Enough with the racial conspiracy theories. Get it out of your head that most teams would secretly rather have a losing white coach than a winning black coach.

It is about performance and wins, Sir, at least in a fair world it is. I'm white and I couldn't give a shit less who my team's coach is as long as they win. If a white guy sucks, I want him OUT regardless it really shouldn't matter.

uncommon sense said...

Perfect example of how biased this blog is, and how every possible negro shortcoming is mitigated, made excuses for, and absolved of any negro fault. Why must everything be brown sugarcoated? You are a talented writer but IMO that really hurts your credibility on other issues.

How is 6-27 fairly dismal? That is an unequivocally horrendous record."

HAHAHAHA

you say recognize he is a talented writer...then ask about the "fairly dismal" comment??? HAHHAAHA

too funny.

irony is sooo ironic sometimes.

Tripod said...

"It is about performance and wins, Sir, at least in a fair world it is"

unfortunately, we live in a REAL world... fair? LOL...you must still live with your parent, homey.

Stephen said...

I can't believe that after all this time, some of you dumbasses still take these posts seriously. The humor in this post, the other posts, the whole fucking blog, is that he's playing the part of the blacks-can-do-no-wrong-white-people-hating Muslim. He picks stories that give him the opportunity to make ridiculous arguments that he backs up with skewed facts and twisted logic. And it's done on purpose. Because it's funny.

I'm sure he would've explained this to you befuddled fools a while ago, but that would mean getting out of character and, thus, detracting from the humor. Homeboy probably cracks up when he reads your comments.

censored said...

"It is about performance and wins, Sir, at least in a fair world it is"

unfortunately, we live in a REAL world... fair? LOL...you must still live with your parent, homey.

This post is the greatest...even in the posts it is written as "parent" and not "parents". Whose your daddy, tripod? I know you dont know.

Tripod said...

"Whose your daddy, tripod? I know you dont know."

my daddy the nigga wit his dick in yo momma mouth...

you may hate black men...but yo momma LOVE them!

iceman said...

What a load of bulls*it...

At the time of his hiring and firing UL was the only D-1 university in the nation with a black head football coach and head basketball coach. Rasism my AS$$$$$$

What a load of Bullsh*t