KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Black leaders criticized a decision not to give Wade Houston, Tennessee's first black head basketball coach, a membership in an all-white country club.
Athletic Director Doug Dickey says Houston, the first black basketball coach in the Southeastern conference, will not be offered a membership in Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville.
"The university needs to take a definite stand on this," state Rep. Joe Armstrong said Sunday. "Wade Houston was a member of the country club in Louisville as an assistant coach. You mean he's going to come to the University of Tennessee and be head coach and not be extended the same privilege?"
Armstrong said the university should immediately cancel its memberships in the exclusive country club.
'The Same Opportunity'
Knoxville City Councilman Casey Jones, who became the first black member of the Dean Hill Country Club two months ago, said, "I think he should be offered and allowed to have the same opportunity as the other coaches that preceded him. If UT can do anything to make the situation different, they should."