Jeff Pearlman of Page 2 on ESPN says that his alma mater is being racist by not scheduling this game.
That's a pretty bold claim. And the reason I think it's relevant is the fact that he seems so sure of himself.
Look, I'm a Michigander. I have no clue about the situation that either of these universities are involved in. Delaware seems weaselly about it, but one color is a factor: green. That's all administrative peoples give a rip about. They go wherever the money is. And I just don't think they're seeing it with Delaware State.
They've schedule Morgan State back in the late 70's and 80's but have yet to schedule an HBCU football school to this date. They do play Delaware State in other sports like basketball and baseball. I'm not sure if Jeff knows this or not, but it would only seem fair to include this in the article; it's not like UD totally disregards the Hornets in every facet of collegiate sports.
Then there's the question, what if they do schedule this game due to accusations? Claiming that UD is racist has been somewhat common due to their reluctance to schedule this game. This would be seen as "backing down" to some and it would make it seem like the allegations are credible. Delaware is in a sticky situation for never getting the game scheduled in the first place. So whatever Pearlman is attempting to accomplish is actually acting as a disservice to the cause.
At the very least, this article seems irresponsible to me. If you're going to label somebody or something as racist, you need to have merit. This is just based on his opinion, there is no substantial evidence to back this claim up. Having an opinion is okay, heck, he can think whatever he wants. I just hope he's correctly informed before he goes out and publishes this article.
I don't know, it was interesting. I'm not claiming to have all the answers, Delaware's attitude towards a game with Delaware State just might be racist. It's just not wise to go on a tirade about something that you probably don't have all the facts to.