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Proposed coordinator expansion of Rooney Rule wouldn’t apply to new head coaches

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The statement released on Tuesday by the Fritz Pollard Alliance regarding the proposed expansion of the Rooney Rule omits a key exception to the request that the provision apply to all coordinator and assistant head-coaching positions.

The January 19 letter from the Fritz Pollard Alliance to the NFL indicates that the Rooney Rule would not apply to hires made by a head coach who has just been hired.

“[A]lthough we believe that a new head coach coming in should have the right to construct his staff as he wishes, in the case of a sitting head coach we propose that the Rooney Rule apply to all offensive and defensive coordinator and assistant head coach hirings,” Fritz Pollard Alliance chairman John Wooten and executive director Harry Carson wrote in a letter to NFL executive V.P. of human resources Robert Gulliver and NFL executive V.P. and general counsel Jeff Pash.

The exception could, in many cases, swallow the rule.  Most of the hiring of coordinators happens when a new staff is put in place.  The willingness to exempt newly-hired head coaches reflects the urgency of building a staff upon being hired.  Still, that same urgency exists once a coordinator leaves.

So if the rule is going to be expanded to include coordinators and assistant head coaches, the rule should include all such hires, not some.

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5 Responses to “Proposed coordinator expansion of Rooney Rule wouldn’t apply to new head coaches”
  1. ken0west says: Jan 22, 2013 2:34 PM

    All hires. Scouts, strength and conditioning coaches, office staff, guys with the water bottles. Everyone, why not?

  2. bricktop02 says: Jan 22, 2013 2:35 PM

    It’s getting old.

  3. lightcleric says: Jan 22, 2013 2:36 PM

    If even the expansion proponents want an exception and that exception will make the expanded rule almost pointless, shouldn’t that tell you something about the idea in the first place?

  4. simon94022 says: Jan 22, 2013 8:56 PM

    The Rooney Rule is stupid to begin with, so any proposed expansion will only increase the stupidity.

  5. mrmidevil says: Jan 23, 2013 1:45 AM

    I can see how this once would have been beneficial….. But now, when “everyone is created equal”…. Think it is tome to abandon and just hire best person for job.

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