For the past three seasons, the UCLA-Washington game has drawn national attention because it is the very rare meeting of NCAA programs coaches by African-Americans.
This season, it is purely unique: The only such meeting on the regular season schedule.
Given the rarity of their positions, both men have accepted their roles as spokesmen for the issue, as they proved again today.
Dorrell: "That's kind of neat for our conference. But it's much bigger than that for a national scope and a career scope for young people that are interested in coaching. It's really to keep the inspiration alive for them that they can achieve greatness through a lot of hard work and building their resumes and doing great jobs for people that they work for and climbing the ladder. I think all that is very important. (Willingham) has been kind of a patriarch in this movement."
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Willingham: "I think the first thing is Karl and I would both agree that it's great to have this opportunity. That would be No. 1. No.2 – I've always said this – I think it would be a shame if we are somewhat limiting based on race because there are some very qualified people who can help these young people be better people and better football players and better students. Anytime you eliminate anyone from the pool for any reason along that line – gender, religiton, etc. – that is a wrong thing to do."