NFL says Raiders complied with Rooney Rule, Fritz Pollard alliance ‘strongly disagrees’

The Raiders satisfied the NFL’s so-called Rooney Rule before hiring head coach Jon Gruden, the league told NFL Network Friday.

The rule, which has been in place since 2003, requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate before filling senior football operations positions. It’s named after Dan Rooney, the late Steelers owner who led efforts to enact the rule to bring more minorities into the NFL coaching and executive ranks.

Raiders owner Mark Davis implied at Gruden’s introductory news conference that Davis had all but decided on hiring Gruden after they met Christmas Eve, while Jack Del Rio was still the coach.

The league takes compliance with the Rooney Rule very seriously. In 2003, the NFL fined the Lions $200,000 for hiring former 49ers head coach Steve Mariucci without first interviewing a minority candidate.

The Vikings pulled off what many consider to be a miracle in last weekend’s divisional playoff game against the Saints, and now the team wants to make sure they are remembered for it.

The Vikings play the Eagles on Sunday with kickoff set for 6:40 p.m. ET with the chance to play in the Super Bowl on the line.

Costas’ absence has sports media observers wondering if comments he made about football at the University of Maryland in November is the reason why. During a roundtable discussion with several other national journalists, Costas painted a doom-and-gloom sort of picture for the sport, vis a vis head injuries.

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