Racial Position Segregation in Intercollegiate Football: Do Players Become More Racially Segregated as They Transition from High School to College?

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This study revisits the issue of racial position segregation or racial 'stacking' in intercollegiate football. Estimating a probit model, we examine the impact that a player's race has on the probability of him changing positions when he moves from high school to the collegiate ranks. Descriptive statistics of our data reveal significant evidence that racial position segregation is widespread in high school football. The data also offers much information about which players are likely to change positions and the positions that they are likely to switch to when transitioning from high school to college. Most notably, our probit results reveal that African American high school quarterbacks and white high school running backs are significantly more likely to change positions in college than their white and African American counterparts, respectively. Thus, while other positions do not appear to become more racially segregated as players transition from high school to college, the quarterback and running back positions do appear to become significantly more racially segregated.

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The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12114-012-9149-z

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