Is the Rooney Rule Helping Minority Candidates Become NFL Head Coaches?

January 10, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It was quite a surprise when the Seattle Seahawks fired Jim Mora after one season as head coach. Soon thereafter, stories emerged that USC's Pete Carroll would become the next head coach of Seattle.
Oh, and by the way, Minnesota Vikings Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier was offered the chance to interview for the position, but declined.
Was he really offered the chance to interview?
The Rooney Rule was established in 2003 to ensure that NFL teams give minority coaches the opportunity to interview or be considered for head coaching and senior football operations positions.
Does the Rooney Rule serve its purpose, or is it a hurdle NFL owners must jump before making a hiring decision?
Leslie Frazier chose to not have any part of it. I'm guessing that he didn't want to waste his time interviewing for a job he knew he wasn't going to get. Clearly, the Seahawks already made their choice on who will be their next head coach.
The intention of the Rooney Rule is...

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