He asked Maryland athletic director Debbie Yow if there was some sort of hiring rule for a public institution that might have prevented her from making set up a coach-in-waiting scenario, which was really a clever take on the situation.
“There’s a process you can go through on campus to seek a waiver of the usual hiring process for an ethnic minority candidate, and I went through that process and secured university approval,” Yow said.
Which led to this question: Would it have even been possible to set this thing up with a white candidate?
“I would not have gone forward to seek a waiver in the hiring process,” Yow said. “I’m not an HR person, but I don’t think I ever would have thought that would be possible. But it was with James, and I was glad it was.”