Official Complaint Alleges Kansas Community College Rule Discriminates Against Minority Players

Aug 24, 2016


A recent complaint filed with the NAACP alleges that Kansas community colleges discriminate against minority students, reports The Lawrence Journal-World.

Colleges in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference still use a recruitment rule that was adopted during the segregation era. The rule limits community colleges to 20 out-of-state players on their football teams and eight on their basketball rosters.

According to critics, the rule discriminates against mostly black out-of-state players. Meanwhile, some community colleges are struggling to fill team rosters with Kansas players.

Many athletic scholarships go unclaimed. Garden City Community College football coach Jeffrey Sims noted that “out-of-stater” can sometimes be a code word for a minority. He added that at least four other states, including Texas and Oklahoma, have similar rules.